CM – SAFF Championships: 10-man Bangladesh holds India 1-1 despite Sunil Chhetri’s 76th international goal


Sunil Chhetri, who played for India in his 121st game, scored just one goal behind the legendary Pelé in the 27th minute.

Published: October 04, 2021 7:12 PM |

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India were the better team in the first half and although they lost the ball many times, they seemed to be on their side. (Photo | AIFF Twitter)

MALE: India allowed a 10-man Bangladesh to come back and score a shock goal after Talismane captain Sunil Chhetri’s 76th international drew 1-1 in the SAFF opener Championship played here on Monday.

The 37-year-old Chhetri, who played for India in his 121st game, scored just one goal in the 27th minute behind the legendary Brazilian Pele (77 goals from 92 games).

He is now fourth on the list of goalscorers for active footballers, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (111), Lionel Messi (79) and Iraqi Ali Mabkhout (77).

India was the better team in the first half and although they often lost the ball, they appeared to be on their side.

They also had a numerical advantage from the 54th minute after Bangladeshi Biswanath Ghosh was sent off for a foul on Liston Colaco .

But the team of Igor Stimac was able to counter the fast Bangladeshi attacks did not stop and conceded a goal in the 74th minute to share the points, much to the horror of the Indian camp.

Bangladesh have always been a difficult opponent for India in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying Needed a late equalizer in Calcutta in 2022 before they won 2-0 in the second leg.

India was in attack mode from the start, but a quick counterattack from Bangladesh almost caught them and central defender Chinglensana Singh made a decisive equalizer. after Ibrahim whipped a flat cross from the left for Motin Mia.

Bangladesh got some corners too, but India was next with Udanta Singh, who came back after missing two Nepalese friendlies, outwitting his marker and sending crosses from the flank .

Manvir Singh had a weak head-in after such a cross in the 24th minute, but Chhetri wasn’t the one to play the other three minutes later missed.

Pritam Kotal released Udanta on the right, who blocked the ball from near the sideline and slammed a perfectly placed Chhetri into the top of the net.

Liston Colaco, who made an impressive appearance, shot unsuccessfully at the Bangladesh goal in the 36th minute.

Three minutes later, Chhetri had another strong left-footed shot, but goalkeeper Anisur Rahman shot a save.

India survived a horror in the 40th minute, This time with a quick counterattack by the Bangladeshis.

But goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu parried Biplo Ahmed’s shot to keep India’s lead intact.

Stimac replaced Anirudh Thapa with Brandon Fernandes the resumption brought in the middle of the park and India also got a numerical advantage after Biswanath Ghosh in the 54th.

However, three minutes earlier, Bangladesh had a chance to equalize but Rakib Hossain shot on Goal over after he was free in the Indian penalty area.

Bangladesh goalkeeper Rahman parried a double save in the 61st minute when he blocked shots from Manvir and Udanta.

But the Bangladeshi, who after qualifying for the World Cup Playing under a new coach in 2022, moved despite numerical inferiority in the 74th.

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