India outplayed and beat Pakistan in the opening round of the SAFF Championship thanks to the hat-trick from Sunil Chhetri. On paper, India is far superior to Pakistan in almost all areas, and the gap in skill could be seen.
Sunil Chhetri’s simple opening goal for the hosts was made possible by a mistake from the custodian. As a result of a handball, India was subsequently awarded a penalty, which Chhetri calmly scored to increase his team’s advantage. Thus, Chhetri tied the record for the second-highest Asian international goal scorer ever. Read More: Most Followed Football Clubs and Teams on Instagram
India was comfortably ahead in the first half, but things heated up just before the break when their head coach, Igor Stimac, started a brawl by shoving the ball out of a Pakistani player’s hands as he was getting ready to take a throw-in. After everything settled down, Stimac was ultimately dismissed.
India leads 2-0 at the break. The second half ended up being a simpler contest for the hosts. In the final ten minutes of regulation time, Udanta Singh scored one and Chhetri finished it off his hat-trick, which took his international goals tally to 90. India beat Pakistan by a scoreline of 4-0 and recorded a clean sheet for a seventh straight game.
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