Skipper Sunil Chhetri led from the front as he struck a hat-trick as India demolished Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the inaugural match of the Intercontinental Cup football tournament on Friday to set things rolling for the hosts in the tournament.

Sunil Chettri looked in good touch right from the outset, he moved swiftly towards the ball, his touch of the ball was excellent and he was the star of the show. It was a Jeje-assist that got Sunil Chettri started, finally, he ended up with a memorable hattrick in front of the Mumbai crowd.

The night belonged to Chhetri (14th, 34th, 62nd minutes), he was in the form of his life, showcasing excellent finishing ability as India started their campaign on a rousing note.

The visiting goalkeeer gets beaten, the night just gets bad...

The visiting goalkeeper gets beaten, the night just gets worse…(IANS)

 

Udanta Singh (48th) and Pranoy Halder (78th) displayed equally impressive finishing skills to round off an excellent evening for the hosts.

This is Sameep Jhingan in an aerial tackle...

This is Sameep Jhingan in an aerial tackle… (IANS)

This will surely give the Stephen Constantine side a lot of confidence going ahead in the tournament. India will look to carry on the winning momentum to eventually end up winning the coveted Inter-Continental Cup.

Sunil Chettri is living a dream. His teammates are by his side and the blues look a happy bunch (IANS)

Sunil Chettri is living a dream. His teammates are by his side and the blues look a happy bunch (IANS)

This is a good practice pad for the Indian team ahead of the mega AFC Asian Cup 2019. Sunil Chettri and his trusted Men In Blue will go all the way in chasing that one, next year. With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a fortnight’s time, it seems football will also be the flavour in India.

(With IANS Inputs)