Kyrgyzstan triumph was our best performance in long time: Sunil Chhetri

India vs Kyrgyz Republic

India vs Kyrgyz Republic

Sunil Chhetri, who is fondly called as "Captain Marvel" by others, goes a bit emotional while summing up yesterday's 1-0 win against the Kyrgyz Republic in a fast-pace and entertaining AFC Asian Cup qualifier match on Tuesday.

India have come into the game after winning six official global matches on the trot, including a 2-0 victory over Nepal last week, and they will look to continue the momentum against their central Asian opponents.

With the win, India went atop the group with six points - ahead of Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar who both have three points from two matches. "I believe, the entire nation deserved this", he said. It was an absolutely great performance from one end to the other. "We are in India and need to do everything we have to take the three points". We can't repeat the same mistakes we did in Guam.

India's next group match is away to Macau on September 5. To be honest, nobody takes them lying down in worldwide football.

Speaking about his message at halftime, Constantine quipped, "Well I said a lot of things that I can't repeat here".

"The outcome depends on how good we play and who wants it more on the day". "What a huge result for us last night am so proud of the players, at no point did they ever give up".

"It was a very hard game we knew that".

"But credit to the boys, we didn't stop for a single minute and played until the final whistle and got the result we wanted. But 1-0 to India, I will take that any time".

After being rested for the friendly against Nepal last week, Chhetri was handed a start alongside Jeje Lalpekhlua and Jackichand up front, as Stephen Constantine fielded a full-strength team. He is fit and he did an absolutely phenomenal job to in the position he is right now (following his injury against).

"I am happy I didn't play him against Nepal because otherwise he just might not make that run had we not protected him".

Talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri today said a mid-match dressing down from coach Stephen Constantine got the best out of the Indian football team in its AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

Gautam Roy, a revered football statistician based in Kolkata, pointed out that Chhetri's goal on Tuesday joined an elite club of the greatest goals scored by footballers while playing for the national team.

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