Sports News, June 16):- Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri became the fourth highest active international scorer, when he struck a decisive goal to guide his side to a 1-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic in the AFC Asian Cup qualifier match.
Chhetri scored his 54th international goal in 94 matches to snatch all three points from the Kyrgyz Republic and to stay atop the Group A, having bagged six points from two matches.
His 69th-minute goal proved enough to take India one step closer to break into the AFC Asian Cup after eight years.
With the 54th goal in bucket, Chhetri surpassed England’s star player Wayne Rooney who now sits on the fifth position with 53 goals.
Only Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Clint Dempsey of United States stand ahead of the 32-year-old Indian.
India will now travel to Macau for their third match in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on September 5, 2017.