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AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri's goal vs Thailand nominated for best goal

AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetris goal vs Thailand nominated for best goal

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Published: 19 Jan 2019 4:45 AM GMT
The 46th minute strike from Sunil Chhetri in India's first game of the AFC Asian Cup campaign vs Thailand has been nominated among the 10 best goals scored in the league state at the ongoing AFC Asian Cup in UAE. India sufferred heartbreaking losses vs both Bahrain and UAE to finish at the bottom of their group and consequently exit from the tournament. The win vs Thailand was India's first recorded win after 55 years at the AFC Asian Cup. Sunil Chhetri's strike also brought with it a number of personal milestones for the talismanic striker of the Blue Tigers. It was the 34-year old's 67th international goal for India in 107 appearances for the country. That match also enabled him to overtake Argentina's star forward Lionel Messi and his number of registered international goals. (65). Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal is the highest active goal scorer with numbers of 85 from 154 matches. https://twitter.com/Dostoyevesque/status/1081926236211896320 The game vs Thailand had seen Gurpreet Sandhu as the captain. Chhetri had also scored the first goal vs Thailand in the all-important and hyped game. The goal in question was initiated by a pass towards right-winger Udanta Singh who in turn passed it to youngster Ashique Kuruniyan. The 21-year old failed to properly receive it but before a Thailand defender could clear it out to safety, Chhetri had kicked the ball decisively to the back of the net. The voting process will be dependant on fans who can cast their vote by following the given link here. The voting is expected to close any time before Sunday because the day will see the start of the knockout stages at the AFC Asian Cup. At the time of writing this piece, Sunil Chhetri and his goal was perched at 5th with 20,764 votes. India were at the cusp of qualifying for the knockout rounds at the AFC Asian Cup but they tragically conceeded a 90th minute vs Bahrain in the final group stage match.
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