Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Intercontinental Cup 2018 Final, India vs Kenya

Intercontinental Cup 2018 Final, India vs Kenya

"India is somewhere between a sleeping giant and a rising competitor", the Swiss said.

On Thursday, New Zealand won the match against India by 2-1 in Intercontinental Cup despite Chhetri scoring a goal in the 48minute and giving India the lead in the match.

"There will definitely be two games sometime in December, before the Asian Cup".

This win comes at a very crucial time for India as an emotional Sunil Chhetri had urged fans to come to the stadiums to support the national team.

The India vs Kenya match will be played on June 10, 2018. With you team, always. "You're not going to have 11 Sandesh's or 11 Chhetri's or 11 Thapa's (referring to Sandesh Jhingan, Sunil Chhetri and Anirudh Thapa). Today some players didn't take this opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight". "Some did and some didn't", Constantine didn't hold back. To say the All Whites coach did not bring a full strength squad to Mumbai would be something of an understatement.

For India, all eyes will again be on Chhetri, who has 62 goals to his credit and will look to add to his tally.

After a World Cup cycle under former coach Anthony Hudson, who tried to instil a high-pressing game with plenty of moving parts that only worked properly on a handful of occasions and often deteriorated into old-fashioned kick and chase, the three games in India - wins over Chinese Taipei and the hosts and a narrow loss to Kenya - have been a breath of fresh air. In addition to this, he is only behind Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, something that will now certainly cement his place in footballing history. True, there's little Constantine can do if teams invited by the All India Football Federation to compete in such events send weakened squads.

The 33-year-old Chhetri's double strike capped a brilliant tournament which saw him score eight out of India's 11 goals and put him on par with Argentine superstar Messi with 64 strikes for the country to be the joint second highest global goal scorer among active players.

Alongside India in Group A of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, are hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain.

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