Kohli, Tendulkar urge Indian fans to attend football matches

Kohli, Tendulkar urge Indian fans to attend football matches

Kohli, Tendulkar urge Indian fans to attend football matches

"All online tickets have been sold out". Please get involved, football in India needs you. However, that stint in the United States did not last long and soon he was back in India's I-League where he played for Chirag United and Mohun Bagan before going back overseas. "Fan support is as important to Indian football as the showing of the national team", Dinesh Nair, former footballer and trustee at the Mumbai football arena told India Today.

In the previous fixture against Chinese Taipei Chehetri managed to score a hat-trick and India defeated the visiting side 5-0. "Please come and support Indian Football team at the stadium".

"To everyone who has lost hope in Indian football I request you to come and watch us in the stadiums", Chhetri said in the message.

"To all of you who are fans of big European clubs and support European clubs with so much passion and sometimes you guys think that the level is not the same, so why do you waste your time?", said Chhetri.

The match also marked Chhetri's 100th appearance for India. The match day arrived and it happened to be the 100th match for Chhetri in India's colors.

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The second half did start on a good note as the weather conditions got better and India took the lead through Sunil Chhetri. "I am so sad I can't be part of the stadium experience for the final", he says.

It was Chhetri's 100th global game and he made it memorable by scoring a brace and guiding India into the final following a 3-0 win.

After a barren first half, Chhetri opened the scoring in the 68 minute from the penalty spot before Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the second two minutes later.

Chhetri returned to claim a brace in added time with a fine chip over Matasi. Recently during the media interaction National team caption Sunil Chhetri said, "I had a dream but never dreamed of playing 100 global matches". He was also given a guard of honour by his team-mates as his wife and parents watched from the stands. His tally of 61 goals puts him only behind Lionel Messi (64 goals) and Cristiano Ronaldo (81 goals) - he had equalled David Villa's 59 worldwide goals when he scored a hat-trick in the game against Chinese Taipei. He is the second Indian to appear in 100 worldwide games after former skipper Baichung Bhutia. India, this night was special because we were in this together. "Those in the stands shouting, and the ones at home cheering - thank you!", Chhetri's tweet read.

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