CM – Chhetri scores 77th goal in India’s 1-0 win over Nepal, breaking Pele’s international goal record


He and Ali Mabkhout (77) from the United Arab Emirates are in third place in the list of top scorers among active footballers, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (112) and Lionel Messi (79).

Published: October 11, 2021 12:44 AM |

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MALE: Talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri equalized legendary Pele with his 77th international goal when his 83rd-minute goal helped India beat Nepal 1-0 and his team closed before they were eliminated saved the SAFF championships here on Sunday.

37-year-old Chhetri, who played for India in his 123rd game, scored a late goal to keep himself on par with the Brazilian great (77 goals from 92 games ).

This puts him and Ali Mabkhout (77) from the United Arab Emirates in third place in the list of top scorers among active footballers, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (112) and Lionel Messi (79). </ Substitute Farukh Chaudhary somehow managed to take a header from a long throw-in and steered the ball into the center of the six-yard area where Chhetri was in the right place to hit the ball against Nepalese goalkeeper Kiran Limbu at the end of the game to fire n.

The seven-time champions India are now in third place in the five-man table with five points from three games, behind the Maldives (six points from three games) and Nepal (six points from three games). </ India has to win its last round robin league game against hosts Maldives on Wednesday if it wants to reach the final on October 16.

The Indian team and head coach Igor Stimac were after a draw against the defeated Bangladesh (1-1) and Sri Lanka (0-0) came under pressure in their previous games.

India drew 0-0 against Nepal and the Himalayan nation in the last games this year before winning on Defeated 2-0 on Sunday.

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