List of India national football team hat-tricks

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Since independence in 1947, nine Indian male footballers have scored three or more goals (a hat-trick) in an international football match. No Indian player has ever scored more than three goals in a single game. The first player to score a hat-trick for India was Sahu Mewalal in a 4-0 victory over Burma in the 1952 Colombo Quadrangular Tournament.[1] Sunil Chhetri is the only Indian footballer to have scored a hat-trick more than once; he has achieved this feat as many as three times, the latest of which came in India's 5-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the opening match of the 2018 Intercontinental Cup.[2][3][4] This also happens to be the most recent instance of an Indian player scoring a hat-trick in an international football match.

Arguably, the most famous and sensational hat-trick was scored by Neville D'Souza at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the first Asian to do so in the history of Olympics football, in a 4-2 victory over Australia.[5][6][7] With 4 goals in 3 matches, he not only finished the tournament as joint top-scorer but also helped India secure fourth place in the championship.[8][9]

India have conceded thirteen hat-tricks since 1947, the most recent being scored by Ashraf Nu'man Al-Fawaghra in a 4–2 defeat by Palestine in an international friendly match in February 2013.[10][11] Branko Zebec was the first player to score a hat-trick against India, scoring four times for Yugoslavia in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.[12] Two other players, Bader Al-Mutawa of Kuwait in an international friendly fixture and Ismail Abdullatif of Bahrain in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, have scored four goals against India.[13][14][15] The only instance of India not losing a game even after conceding a hat-trick happened against Yemen in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification match which ended in a 3-3 draw.[16]


Hat-tricks for India[edit]

Only FIFA-recognized matches have been considered while compiling the list; unofficial friendly matches have not been included in this list.
Date Goals Player Opponent Venue Competition Result[a] Ref
16 March 1952
3
Sahu Mewalal Myanmar Burma Colombo, Ceylon 1952 Colombo Quadrangular Tournament
4–0
[1][17]
26 December 1954
3
Puran Bahadur Thapa Pakistan Pakistan Eden Gardens, Kolkata 1954 Calcutta Quadrangular Tournament
3–1
[18]
1 December 1956
3
Neville D'Souza Australia Australia Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne Olympic Football Tournament Melbourne 1956
4–2
[5][6]
16 August 1967
3
Marto Gracias Hong Kong Hong Kong Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 1967 Merdeka Tournament
4–0
[19]
5 August 1971
3
Subhash Bhowmick Philippines Philippines Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 1971 Merdeka Tournament
5–1
[20]
23 July 1974
3
Magan Singh Rajvi Thailand Thailand Ipoh, Malaya 1974 Merdeka Tournament
4–2
[21]
16 August 1976
3
Shabbir Ali Indonesia Indonesia Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 1976 Merdeka Tournament
3–1
[22]
26 September 1999
3
I. M. Vijayan Pakistan Pakistan Kathmandu, Nepal 1999 SAF Games
5–2
[18]
13 August 2008
3
Sunil Chhetri Tajikistan Tajikistan Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi 2008 AFC Challenge Cup
4–1
[23][24]
8 October 2010
3
Sunil Chhetri Vietnam Vietnam Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune International Friendly
3–1
[25][26]
1 June 2018
3
Sunil Chhetri Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai 2018 Intercontinental Cup
5–0
[2][3][4]

Hat-tricks conceded by India[edit]

India have conceded thirteen hat-tricks till date.

Date Goals Player Opponent Venue Competition Result [a] Ref(s)
15 July 1952
4
Branko Zebec Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Helsingen Pallokentta, Helsinki Olympic Football Tournament Helsinki 1952
1–10
[12]
2 November 1969
3
Ye Nyunt Myanmar Burma Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 1969 Merdeka Tournament
0–6
[27]
7 August 1971
3
Waskito Indonesia Indonesia Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 1971 Merdeka Tournament
1–3
[28]
10 August 1976
3
Cha Bum-Kun South Korea South Korea Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 1976 Merdeka Tournament
0-8
[29]
7 September 1977
3
Cherdsak Chaiyabutr Thailand Thailand Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan 1977 President's Cup Football Tournament
0–4
[30]
9 June 1993
3
Lee Ki-Beom South Korea South Korea Seoul, South Korea 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
0–7
[31]
13 January 2001
3
Tryggvi Guðmundsson Iceland Iceland Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi Millennium Super Soccer Cup
0–3
[32]
4 May 2001
3
Adel Al-Salimi Yemen Yemen Althawra Sports City Stadium, Sana'a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
3–3
[16]
16 August 2006
3
Yasser Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
0–3
[33][34]
14 November 2010
4
Bader Al-Mutawa Kuwait Kuwait Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi International Friendly
1–9
[13]
14 January 2011
4
Ismail Abdullatif Bahrain Bahrain Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha 2011 AFC Asian Cup
2–5
[14][15]
29 November 2011
3
Musakanya Bruce Bwalya Zambia Zambia Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao International Friendly
0–5
[35][36]
6 February 2013
3
Ashraf Nu'man Al-Fawaghra State of Palestine Palestine Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi International Friendly
2–4
[10][11]

Notes[edit]

a The result is presented with India's score first.

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