Virender Sehwag Congratulates Indian Football Team Following Historic Win in the Intercontinental Cup Final

Updated - 23 May 2024, 11:33 AM

Intercontinental Cup India vs Kenya
India beat Kenya by 2-0 to win the Intercontinental Cup 2018.

The Indian football team scripted history and won the Intercontinental Cup final by defeating Kenya by a 2-0 margin.

It was an impressive performance by India all through the tournament. In the final, they weren’t at their best but still managed to win it by a 2-0 margin. They played a counter-attacking brand of football which gave them two goals all with the help of none other than Sunil Chhetri.

Despite the scoreline, Kenya was the better team in the attacks they got. They dominated ball possession but never managed to get the much-needed goal.

Despite their constant efforts, India managed to hold on to the lead, as they headed back to the pavilion at the end of the 1st half. Chhetri who has been quite brilliant all through the tournament continued his impressive run and scored two fantastic goals.

Kenya came to all guns blazing in the 2nd half. They started on the attack right from the word go and hardly allowed India to get the ball in their half. Attacks came on a consistent basis for Kenya. However, they never managed to get the much-needed breakthrough which would have created a sense of panic in the Indian team.

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Despite the sloppy piece of football, India managed to hold on to their lead when the whistle got blown for the last time in the match.

It is indeed a great achievement for Indian football, as they move forward in their bid to scale greater heights. Sunil Chhetri became the 2nd highest goal-scorer among current players in the world joining the Argentine great Lionel Messi. Only Cristiano Ronaldo is ahead of Messi and Chhetri.

There were several moments in the match when Chhetri was livid with his teammates. But in the end, he was in all smiles, as he celebrated the victory in unison with the crowd.

Following their brilliant victory, former Indian opener and known as the “Nawab of Najafgarh”, Virender Sehwag congratulated India and Sunil Chhetri on a terrific performance.

Sehwag’s message to the Indian football team, 

“Thank you @chetrisunil11 for giving the country so much to cherish. You were inspirational, and I am sure this #IntercontinentalCup victory will help in ensuring that you guys play in a jam-packed stadium. Congratulations @IndianFootball #INDvKEN,” Sehwag wrote on his twitter handle.

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