Indian football is enjoying a bit of a purple patch right now. Playing our best football in years under veteran English coach Stephen Constantine, the team is on a ten game unbeaten streak at the moment. And with the Under 17 World Cup also starting in the next few days, there is a buzz about the sport in the country.
Which is why we, at The Ring Side View thought it’s a good time to give a little glimpse of what the Indian team is really capable of. Some great goals have been scored by the boys in blue over the last few years, and we promise you, they’re as good as any you’ve seen across the world! So in no particular order, here are the top 5 goals scored by the Indian football team.
1. Sandesh Jhingan vs Nepal
India played Nepal in a friendly earlier this year at the Mumbai Football Arena as preparation for their upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. It was a tight match till this opening goal, scored by centre back Sandesh Jhingan, with the goal helping the team to open the game up, score another goal and triumph 2-0. Jhingan shows remarkable technique to volley the ball into the back of the net here, the kind which a striker would be proud of! Take a look.
2. Sunil Chhetri vs Oman
‘Captain fantastic’ Sunil Chhetri is known to score remarkable goals, but this one against Oman in an important World Cup qualifier is right up there in the ‘world class’ category. Even though the team didn’t go on to win the match, Chhetri’s goal stunned former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and his entire team. Watch to see what we mean.
3. Jeje Lalpekhlua v Malaysia
Jeje Lalpekhlua finished off an 18 pass move with this goal at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, in a friendly against Malaysia back in 2011. Jeje still continues to be an integral part of the team, with this goal scored at a time when his stock was still rising in Indian football. Notice the team-work and intricate passing here!
4. Sunil Chhetri vs Kyrgyzstan
If Chhetri’s goal against Oman was all about natural ability, his winning goal against Kyrgyzstan in the ongoing AFC Asian Cup qualification campaign summed up his sheer grit and determination. Watch where he intercepts the ball, and where he finally is to calmly place it into the net. The goal contributed to India remaining at the top of their group in the qualifying campaign, and the team now looks firmly in control to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
5. Renedy Singh vs Syria
Former Indian footballer Renedy Singh opened the scoring for India with this free-kick in the 2009 Nehru Cup final, a game which they eventually went on to win. The triumph was one of the major trophies that India won under English coach Bob Houghton, before parting ways with him in 2011. We’d say the placement of this free-kick is absolutely top-notch.