Chettri brace gives India 3-2 win over Malaysia

November 17th, 2011 - 1:06 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 16 (IANS) Star striker Sunil Chettri struck a brace as India defeated Malaysia 3-2 in the second international football friendly at the Salt Lake Stadium here Wednesday.

Chettri scored twice - in the 39th and the 53rd minute and fellow striker Jeje Lalpekhlua added the third in the 47th minute. Mohammed. Sali Safee scored in the 45th and 59th minute.

The Indians played a free-flowing game and dominated proceedings in both the sessions. In fact, the Indians could have won by a bigger margin but for some inept finishing.

The midfield combination of Baldeep Singh, Francis Fernandes, Rocus Lamare and Lalrindika Ralte combined well and never allowed the rivals to settle down. Baldeep was a revelation in the central midfield played a crucial role while captain Rahim Nabi was inspirational in his new role.

“The boys played their hearts out. It’s good to end with a victory. We did make quite a few changes in the playing XI and it paid off. The SAFF Championship is knocking at the door and we needed to give a chance to everyone to gauge their match temperament,” said India coach Savio Medeira.

“We didn’t get much time to prepare for the match but the boys rose to the occasion,” he said.

Chettri said it was a great feeling to score for India.

“We played well. It’s a special feeling when you score for your country,” he said.

The first international Friendly between the two teams that was held in Guwahati ended 1-1.

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