38-year-old Sunil Chhetri shows he has got enough fuel in his tank as Bengaluru FC end Mumbai City FC's unbeaten run

The Indian international, who came into the starting eleven in place of suspended Roy Krishna, headed home from Javi Hernandez' corner kick in the 57th minute.

Sunil chhetri has scored 92 goals for Bengaluru FC across all competitions; Credit: Twitter/ @IndSuperLeague
By Sreejith C R | Feb 16, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

38-year-old Sunil Chhetri showed he has got enough fuel in his tank as he scored in Bengaluru FC’s 2-1 win over Indian Super League Shield winners Mumbai City FC on Wednesday night. The Indian international, who came into the starting eleven in place of suspended Roy Krishna, produced a determined and inspiring performance alongside Sivasakthi Narayanan up front to help his side secure their sixth consecutive win of the season. Javi Hernandez also got on the scoresheet for the Blues, before Mumbai City FC reduced the deficit through Mourtada Fall’s late goal. The result helped Simon Grayson’s side to move to fourth spot in the ISL standings, having collected 31 points from 19 games, level on points with third-placed Kerala Blasters, who have a game in hand. 

The veteran India captain, who has played just 37 minutes of football in 2023, looked poised to prove a point at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. It took just eight minutes for Chhetri to have a go at Mumbai City’ goal, as he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of Hernandez’s through bal, and chipped the ball over an advancing MFC goalkeeper Phurba Lachenpa, but Mehtab Singh made a crucial last-ditch clearance. Six minutes later, the all-time Indian top scorer tested Lechanpa from outside the box. 

Chhetri headed home in the 57th-minute

He was pressing high up the pitch, running hard to get on the end of attacking passes and deservedly found the back of the net in the 57th minute. Hernandez curled a corner towards the far post and the 5 foot seven inches tall Chhetri headed the ball into the bottom corner. It was his second goal of the season, and 92nd one for the Blues across all competitions. BFC went on to double their lead through Hernandez in the 70th-minute, before Mourtada reduced the deficit, thirteen minutes from time.  

Chhetri worked his socks off for 83 minutes before being substituted. At 38-years-age he still looks as fit as a 25-year-old. He finished the game with very impressive numbers, registering five attempts on goal, with four of them on target. Apart from his attacking prowess, the captain was also willing to track back for his team when required.

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