Sunil Chhetri's strike against Thailand nominated for AFC Asian Cup 2019 Best Goal
Written by: Atrayo Bhattacharya
The India skipper's strike against the War Elephants faces some stiff competition for the coveted prize.
The AFC Asian Cup has come to end after experiencing its biggest and grandest ever event in the competition's history at the United Arab Emirates with Qatar piping Japan 3-1 to clinch the continental crown.
However, the tournament had a bit of everything and some of the matches were nail bitters while some were totally dominated by one team but the spectators never complained about lack of goals as they saw some amazing freekicks some cracking volleys and some mesmerising curlers throughout the event. Hence the AFC has decided to put out the best goals and wants the fans to choose from there their goal of the tournament.
Watch: Thailand 1-4 India AFC Asian Cup highlights
The following tally includes Indian talisman Sunil Chhetri's goal against Thailand in their famous 4-1 win in the first group stage fixture. The Blue Tigers might not have made it out of their group but the nomination is at least something which they can show for after their historic win over Thailand.
Watch: Sunil Chhetri goal against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup
It was a well-orchestrated goal to say the least as both teams were tied with a score 1-1 and just with the start of second half, the Blues Tigers decided to put their foot down the accelerator. It was a sensational counter-attacking move as Udanta Singh was too fast for the defenders on the flanks as he laid a pinpoint delivery to Chhetri path who made a fine run down the middle. The 34-year old came up with a peach of a strike leaving the Thai defender and goalkeeper in complete awe and handing India the lead.
The nomination also includes the tournament's youngest player Mohanad Ali's stunning strike against Yemen in the group stages and also Vietnam's Nguyen Quang Hai's mesmerising freekick goal against the same opposition. Qatar's poster boy Almoez Ali who broke all records with his sharpshooting boots makes his way twice in the top ten list with two tremendous solo efforts against UAE and Japan in the semis and finals respectively.
Now it will be interesting to see how the football fans around Asia react and especially those in India who will love to see their talismanic captain get at least something to show for his efforts after toiling long and hard with his men on national duty in UAE.
Published: Tue Feb 05, 2019 03:12 PM IST