Chhetri brace helps India hit Thailand for four at Asian Cup

India beat Thailand 4-1 to record first Asian Cup win since 1964

India Start AFC Asian Cup Campaign With Big 4-1 Win vs Thailand

India sit at the top of the Group A standings at the 2019 Asian Cup after their memorable win over Thailand on Sunday evening at the Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi to become the second highest-scoring active worldwide player by netting two goals for India in their 4-1 win over Thailand at the 2019 Asian Cup.

India's record scorer Chhetri, 34, netted twice - his 66th and 67th strikes for his country - before Anirudh Thapa's first global goal and an effort from substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua put the result beyond doubt. We don't go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. "Tomorrow morning, we train again", Constantine added.

Zaccheroni must now rally his side for a crucial match with India, while Bahrain face Thailand on Thursday. "Chhetri gives everything every game he plays whether he's captain or not".

"We've won one game, got three points. I am happy that we are converting from the chances that we are making", he further said. "No, but we're not getting carried away", insisted India coach Stephen Constantine.

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"The India fans were wonderful so we hope we can go on and give them something more to cheer about".

"We got here, we are a young team and we are very excited of the prospect of playing against all the teams. They are a very good side but we'll take it as another team standing in our way".

Ahmed Khalil came off the bench to score a late penalty as tournament hosts UAE drew 1-1 with Bahrain in the opening game of the 2019 Asian Cup.

The AFC Asian Cup opening match has not always seen the host have it easy, as there have been instances where we saw the host nation stunned on their home turf.

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