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Intercontinental Cup: Sunil Chhetri’s India seek crowning glory, Kenya stand in way

12 June 2018

Chhetri's heartfelt appeal last week was backed by India's cricket heroes Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar after just 2,569 people turned up for India's opening game on June 1.

He had scored three against Chinese Taipei, two each against Kenya in the league game and the final today and one against New Zealand.

Playing in his 102nd global match, Chhetri struck in the eighth and 29th minutes to hand a dominant India the trophy to the wild celebration of the home fans at the Mumbai Football Arena here.

They will look to replicate the performance of their league game against the African side again in the summit clash, which the organisers have claimed to be a "sold out" match.

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A jampacked Mumbai Football Arena witnessed a historic moment in Indian football as skipper Sunil Chhetri and team thrashed Kenya 2-0, to lift the Intercontinental Cup. Constantine was not. India won't get the chance to make amends for Thursday's dismal defeat in Sunday's final after Kenya pipped the All Whites on goal difference with a 4-0 thrashing of Chinese Taipei, who exited the tournament without scoring a goal.

At the back, India have experienced defenders like Sandesh Jhingan and Pritam Kotal.

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India also boast of an array of decent midfielders like Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Pranay Halder and Halicharan Narzary.

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India defeated Kenya 3-0 in their previous encounter, with Chhetri scoring twice during the match.

India were back to their full strength with all seven players, who were rested for the tie against New Zealand, returning to the side.

Simple, solid defensive structures are the first step for many global teams, as will soon be seen at the World Cup in Russian Federation, and the All Whites had safety in numbers at the back throughout the tournament (the breakdown before Kenya's victor was a notable exception).

How and where to watch Intercontinental Cup 2018 Final India v/s Kenya match live streaming online? "I'm happy that the Olympic committee for allowing us for the Asian Cup", said Constantine at the post-match press conference.

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Intercontinental Cup: Sunil Chhetri’s India seek crowning glory, Kenya stand in way