I-League 2017

I-League: Sunil Chhetri breaks all-time Indian goal record in Bengaluru's draw with Aizawl

Chhetri surpassed Bhaichung Bhutia's tally of 89 goals in Indian league football.

Sunil Chhetri surpassed Bhaichung Bhutia tally of 89 goals to become India’s all-time highest goal-scorer in league football as Bengaluru FC drew 1-1 with Aizawl FC in the I-League on Wednesday.

The landmark includes goals from the erstwhile National Football League and the current I-League. Chhetri scored his 90th goal as he helped his side equalise.

He sent the ball into top right corner with a shot from the edge of the box five minutes after Aizawl had taken the lead through Brandon Vanlalremdika.

Chhetri’s day soon turned sour as he failed to convert a penalty. He had a chance to give Bengaluru the lead after Sandesh Jhingan was brought down inside the box in the 54th minute for a contentious penalty. The Bengaluru skipper stepped up, but was denied by Aizawl keeper Albino, who was in top form in the second-half.

Five minutes later, Jhingan headed the ball in from a John johnson corner, but was disallowed by the referee who deemed Jhingan’s lunge to have obstructed keeper Albino.

Both sides traded a number of chances in the final 30 minutes but could not find the back of the net as the game ended in a stalemate.

The draw means Aizawl and Bengaluru remain at third and fifth position in the table respectively.

The score

  • Aizawl FC 1 (Brandon Vanlalremdika) drew with Bengaluru FC 1 (Sunil Chhetri). 
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