On Wednesday, June 8, India defeated Cambodia 2-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium to start their campaign in the Asian Cup Qualifiers on a grand note.
Sunil Chhetri of India. Courtesy: Reuters
- On Wednesday, India beat Cambodia 2-0
- Sunil Chhetri scored both goals for India
- India will next face Afghanistan on Saturday
Veteran football star Sunil Chhetri reckoned that Team India need to up their game going forward in the Asian Cup Qualifiers. On Wednesday, June 8, India started off their campaign on a decent note after beating Cambodia 2-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
With three points and a goal difference of two, India are placed on top of the points table in Group D. Hong Kong also secured victory in their opener, but had a goal difference of one.
Even as he admitted that starting off with a win is healthy, Chhetri also admitted that his team has to work on certain aspects. Moreover, Chhetri talked about the difficulties of adjusting to the hot and humid playing conditions.
HARD WORK PAYS DIVIDENDS
“It feels good that we kept a clean sheet. We could have done a lot better. I’m not trying to be harsh. We are going to watch the videos and work on them. All together, it’s good to start the tournament with a win, especially when you are playing the Qualifiers,” Chhetri was quoted as saying.
“It wasn’t easy, the conditions were really humid. We couldn’t keep the tempo high and I’m very sure it was the same for both teams. These things are going to be learning experiences for the next game. A lot of boys got the run and played for 90 minutes. Keeping a clean sheet, no matter what match, what tournament is a good sign,” he stated.
“Starting the tournament is always important, especially when you have one match per team now. The margin of error is very small. You’ve got to take three points and work really hard and hard work always pays dividends,” Chhetri added.
Chhetri started the game by converting a penalty in the 14th minute. Thereafter, he scored in the 60th minute to give India a comprehensive win. India’s next match is against Afghanistan on Saturday, June 11.