Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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India beat Kenya 2-0 to lift Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai

India beat Kenya 2-0 to lift Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai

The 33-year-old Chhetri's double strike capped a brilliant tournament which saw him score eight out of India's 11 goals and put him on par with Argentine superstar Messi with 64 strikes for the country to be the joint second highest global goal scorer among active players.

The hosts are the side to beat this tournament as they have throughout played an aggressive brand of football. India have two of their three league games easily, however, they lost to New Zealand in the third.

On the other hand, Kenya would have bolstered their confidence after they drubbed Chinese Taipei, and will look to spoil India's party.

Two things stood out about the way Schmid had the All Whites playing - his system's simplicity and its adaptability.

"Atudo received something for being the best player and he has made a decision to share with the team".

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If any established All Whites were watching from afar, it wouldn't have taken them long to figure out how the team was trying to play and where they might fit in.

Chances kept coming for Kenya, but they were not able to convert them. We knew what to do to go there.

Ironically, though, the player who left the biggest impression on the night was New Zealand midfielder Sarpreet Singh - of Indian heritage, as you are likely to have guessed by the name.

"We want to win matches, we want to win trophies for the country".

Cam Howieson and Tim Payne showed they are worthy options in holding midfield, while Justin Gulley was a fine right back.

The 19-year-old sparked Thursday's turnaround, providing the assists for Andre De Jong and substitute Moses Dyer to do the rest. All three should be on new Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan's call list, and signing there - or elsewhere - will help them stake their worldwide claims.

The All Whites should play again this year, but will soon take a back seat, as Schmid turns to the national under-23 team and their journey towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. "We were always going to change the team", he told reporters later, as he emphasised the need for patience.

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