India beat Nepal 1-0 in the 83rd minute by Sunil Chhetri.. Instagram
Talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri equalized the famous Pele with his 77th international goal as his 83rd minute strike helped India beat Nepal 1-0 and save his team from the brink of defeat in the SAFF Championship on Sunday. The 37-year-old Chhetri, playing in his 123rd match for India, scored a late goal to position himself with Brazilian Great (77 goals from 92 matches). He is in third place behind Cristiano Ronaldo (112) and Lionel Messi (79), followed by Ali Mapcout (77) from the United Arab Emirates.
Substitute Farooq Chaudhry somehow managed to win a header from a long throw and Chedry found the back of the net six yards out to shoot the ball in the right place past goalkeeper Kiran Limbu.
Seven-time champions India are now third in the five-team table with five points from three matches, just below the Maldives (six points from three matches) and Nepal (six points from three matches).
To reach the final on October 16, India must win the final round robin league match against the Maldives on Wednesday.
A draw against Nepal would put India on the brink of elimination. The Indian team and its head coach Igor Stemak were under the pump as they drew against low-ranked Bangladesh (1-1) and Sri Lanka (0-0) in their previous matches.
Chaudhry had come to the field as an alternative to Mohammad. Yasser in the 70th minute. The competition created opportunities and dominated across India.
But in some of the opportunities they got they could not reach the finals.
Chhetri also missed a big chance to score in the first half. India beat Nepal 0-0 and beat the Himalayas 2-0 in previous encounters before the victory on Sunday this year.
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