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The Indian football team, led by skipper Sunil Chhetri, will look to take the lead in the Asia Cup qualifiers after registering a win against Afghanistan on Saturday. India defeated Cambodia 2-0 in the first match of the third round of qualification. At the same time, Afghanistan’s team lost its first match 2-1 to Hong Kong. This match will be do or die for Afghanistan. If Afghanistan team loses, it will not be able to qualify for the Asia Cup.
37-year-old Sunil Chhetri would like to beat Afghanistan to strengthen his claim to qualify. After this, India will have to play Hong Kong in the final match of the qualifying round. At the same time, Hong Kong and Cambodia will also compete on Saturday. India’s match will start at 8:30 pm.
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India’s dependence is on Sunil Chhetri to make it to the Asia Cup finals for the second time in a row. Apart from this, eyes will be kept on Liston Coleco, Manveer Singh, Udanta Singh, Aashiq Kuruniyan and Roshan Singh.
Four goals behind Messi
Among the international players playing active football, Sunil Chhetri is at number three with 82 goals. He is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (117) and Lionel Messi (86). If Chhetri scores four goals in the next two matches, he will equal Messi. At the same time, scoring five goals, can leave Messi behind.
Coach said – Along with Chhetri, we also have other players
Indian coach Stimac said that I am tired of answering who will lead the team after Chhetri. He said Chhetri is consistently performing well. Along with this, we also have other players who are important to the team. India’s backline will play an important role in this do or die match for Afghanistan. Roshan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali and Akash Mishra performed well in the match against Cambodia.
Will play with strength: Dastagir
Afghanistan coach Anush Dastgir said that we will play strongly. In the World Cup qualifiers, we played a 1-1 draw with India. Regarding the loss to Hong Kong, Dastagir said that we were behind in the beginning. He said that in the next match he will not make a mistake now.