India locked horns with New Zealand in their third encounter of the Intercontinental Cup 2018 at the Andheri Sports Complex. It was Indian captain Sunil Chhetri who was at his regular best.Also Read - Sunil Chhetri Credits Youngsters in Indian Team for SAFF Championships Triumph
It was Chhetri who broke the deadlock in the second half with a goal. The goal came in the 47th-minute of the match. Also Read - India Blank Nepal 3-0, Win SAAF Championship For 8th Time; Sunil Chhetri Equals Lionel Messi With 80 Goals
But India could not enjoy the lead for long as visitors New Zealand equalised soon, it was Andre Jong for New Zealand who brought them to level terms, within two minutes of the Chhetri goal. Also Read - Nepal's Teamwork a Worry For India's Sunil Chhetri Ahead of SAFF Final
Finally, 5 minutes ahead of full-time and that is when New Zealand found the winner in the 86th-minute of the game. It was Moses Dyer who found the net for a memorable winner. Another big moment of the match came when Subhashish Bose went down with cramps. Even Jeje, playing his 50th international, came close a couple of times but failed to find the back of the net. Jeje, mind you, did score in the last encounter against Kenya. One can just say it was a night that belonged to the Kiwis.
This was the full-time score. It was a topsy-turvy match and it has to be said that India went on the defensive in the second-half and one could make out they were playing for a draw (they were taking their time with spot kicks), which again is against their nature and it costed them at the end.