Sunil Chhetri’s penalty sealed a vital 1-0 victory for India against Bangladesh, preserving their Asian Games 2023 knockout stage aspirations in football.
Sunil Chhetri aims to maintain his goal-scoring streak. (Photo: AIFF)
In a crucial match on September 21, the Indian football team managed to keep their Asian Games knockout stage hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bangladesh. The game was defined by Sunil Chhetri’s decisive penalty, which he converted with just seven minutes left in regular time, helping India bounce back from their previous 5-1 loss to China in the tournament opener.
The early stages of the match saw India taking the initiative, with Bryce Miranda creating opportunities from the flanks. However, Chhetri’s initial shot missed the target. Despite Bangladesh gradually gaining momentum, India’s defense, led by Sandesh Jhingan and Dheeraj Singh, held firm.
As the first half reached its closing moments, there was a flurry of activity in the Bangladeshi box, but India couldn’t find the net. The second half continued with India pressing, and Dheeraj had to make a crucial save in the 57th minute.
In the 83rd minute, the game’s turning point arrived when a challenge on Bryce inside the box resulted in a penalty. Chhetri confidently converted it, giving India the lead they desperately needed. With resolute defending, India secured the victory and collected their first three points in the tournament. India’s next challenge is against Myanmar on September 24.