List of international goals scored by Sunil Chhetri

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Sunil Chhetri has scored 72 international goals for India.

Sunil Chhetri is an Indian professional footballer who represents the India national football team as a forward. The current captain of the India national team, he is the country's all-time top goalscorer and most-capped player.[1][2][3] As of 19 November 2019, he has scored 72 goals in 115 official international appearances since his debut on 12 June 2005 against Pakistan.[a][8][9][10]

On 9 December 2011, Chhetri netted twice in a match (also known as a brace) in India's 3–1 semi-final win over the Maldives in the 2011 SAFF Championship to take his tally to 31,[11] thus becoming his country's all-time leading goalscorer surpassing the 29 set by I. M. Vijayan.[1][12] With his 72 international goals, he is currently the second-highest active international goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and is also the highest active goalscorer from Asia. On 5 September 2019, Chhetri scored the only goal for India in a 2–1 defeat against Oman in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to take his tally to 72 international goals,[13] thus becoming the fifth-highest international goalscorer from Asia of all time. His tally of 72 puts him as the tenth-highest goalscorer in the history of international football.[14]

Chhetri at 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Chhetri (left) celebrating a goal with his teammate Anirudh Thapa in a 2019 Asian Cup group match against Thailand

Chhetri scored his first ever international goal during his ever international appearance on 12 June 2005 against arch-rivals Pakistan.[10] Chhetri's first international tournament for India was the 2007 Nehru Cup where he scored four goals in total: two against Cambodia, one against Syria, and one against Kyrgyzstan, which helped India to win their first Nehru Cup title.[15][16] Chhetri's 50th goal came during his 88th match in a 3–2 victory against Maldives in the 2015 SAFF Cup semi-final.[17] He is the only Indian footballer to have scored 50 or more international goals. Between all of his 72 goals: 27 came in friendlies, 13 came in SAFF Cup matches, 9 in the Nehru Cup, 7 in World Cup qualifiers, 4 in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, 4 in AFC Asian Cup finals, 1 in the King's Cup, and the rest have come in the AFC Challenge Cup and its qualifiers.[8] Chhetri has scored three international hat-tricks, the most by any Indian and has scored braces on twelve occasions.[1][8] He has scored more times against Chinese Taipei and the Maldives than any other team, with six goals against each of the sides. He has also scored eleven international goals at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, his most at a single ground. He has scored 11 out of his 72 goals from penalty kicks.

International goals[edit]

As of 19 November 2019
Score and results list India's goal tally first, score column indicates score after Chhetri's goal.
Key
Penalty Indicates goal was scored from a penalty kick

Goals in official international matches[edit]

Goal Cap Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 1 12 June 2005 Ayub Stadium, Quetta  Pakistan 1–0 1–1 Friendly [9]
2. 7 17 August 2007 Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi  Cambodia 4–0 6–0 2007 Nehru Cup [16]
3. 5–0
4. 9 23 August 2007  Syria 1–0 2–3
5. 10 26 August 2007  Kyrgyzstan 2–0 3–0
6. 12 8 October 2007 Saida International Stadium, Sidon  Lebanon 1–0 1–4 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [18]
7. 13 30 October 2007 Fatorda Stadium, Margao 1–0 2–2 [19]
8. 14 24 May 2008  Chinese Taipei 2–0 3–0 Friendly [20]
9. 15 3–0
10. 16 3 June 2008 Rasmee Dhandu Stadium, Malé    Nepal 3–0 4–0 2008 SAFF Cup [21][22]
11. 18 11 June 2008  Bhutan 1–1 2–1 [21][23]
12. 24 7 August 2008 Gachibowli Athletic Stadium, Hyderabad  Myanmar 1–0 1–0 2008 AFC Challenge Cup [24][25]
13. 25 13 August 2008 Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi  Tajikistan 1–0 4–1 [26][27]
14. 3–0
15. 4–1
16. 28 23 August 2009  Kyrgyzstan 2–0 ‡ 2–1 2009 Nehru Cup [28]
17. 36 8 October 2010 Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune  Vietnam 1–0 3–1 Friendly [29][30]
18. 2–0
19. 3–1
20. 39 14 January 2011 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Bahrain 2–4 2–5 2011 AFC Asian Cup [31]
21. 40 18 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha  South Korea 1–2 ‡ 1–4
22. 41 21 March 2011 Petaling Jaya Stadium, Petaling Jaya  Chinese Taipei 2–0 3–0 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification [7]
23. 44 10 July 2011 Rasmee Dhandu Stadium, Malé  Maldives 1–0 1–1 Friendly
24. 50 16 November 2011 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata  Malaysia 1–0 3–2
25. 3–1
26. 51 3 December 2011 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi  Afghanistan 1–1 1–1 2011 SAFF Cup [32]
27. 52 5 December 2011  Bhutan 4–0 5–0 [33]
28. 5–0
29. 53 7 December 2011  Sri Lanka 2–0 3–0 [34]
30. 54 9 December 2011  Maldives 2–1 ‡ 3–1 [35][36]
31. 3–1
32. 55 11 December 2011  Afghanistan 1–0 ‡ 4–0 [35][36]
33. 59 22 August 2012  Syria 1–0 2–1 2012 Nehru Cup [37]
34. 60 25 August 2012  Maldives 1–0 ‡ 3–0 [38]
35. 3–0
36. 62 2 September 2012  Cameroon 2–2 ‡ 2–2 [39]
37. 66 4 March 2013 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon  Guam 1–0 4–0 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification [40]
38. 4–0
39. 70 3 September 2013 Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu  Bangladesh 1–1 1–1 2013 SAFF Cup [41]
40. 73 15 November 2013 Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri  Philippines 1–0 1–1 Friendly [42]
41. 74 19 November 2013    Nepal 1–0 2–0 [43]
42. 75 5 March 2014 Fatorda Stadium, Goa  Bangladesh 1–0 2–2 [44]
43. 2–2
44. 76 6 October 2014 Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri  Palestine 1–1 2–3 [45]
45. 77 12 March 2015 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati    Nepal 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [46]
46. 2–0
47. 79 11 June 2015 Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore  Oman 1–1 1–2 [47]
48. 80 16 June 2015 Guam F.A. National Training Center, Harmon  Guam 1–2 1–2 [48]
49. 87 27 December 2015 Trivandrum International Stadium, Trivandrum    Nepal 2–1 4–1 2015 SAFF Cup [49]
50. 88 31 December 2015  Maldives 1–0 3–2 [17]
51. 89 3 January 2016  Afghanistan 2–1 2–1 [50]
52. 92 3 September 2016 Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai  Puerto Rico 2–1 4–1 Friendly [51]
53. 93 22 March 2017 Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh  Cambodia 1–0 3–2 Friendly [52]
54. 94 28 March 2017 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon  Myanmar 1–0 1–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification [53]
55. 95 13 June 2017 Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore  Kyrgyzstan 1–0 1–0
56. 97 11 October 2017 Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore  Macau 2–1 4–1
57. 98 14 November 2017 Fatorda Stadium, Margao  Myanmar 1–1 ‡ 2–2
58. 99 1 June 2018 Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai  Chinese Taipei 1–0 5–0 Friendly
(2018 Intercontinental Cup)
[54]
59. 2–0
60. 4–0
61. 100 4 June 2018  Kenya 1–0 ‡ 3–0 [55]
62. 3–0
63. 101 7 June 2018  New Zealand 1–0 1–2 [56]
64. 102 10 June 2018  Kenya 1–0 2–0 [57]
65. 2–0
66. 105 6 January 2019 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Thailand 1–0 ‡
4–1
2019 AFC Asian Cup [58]
67.
2–1
68. 108 5 June 2019 Chang Arena, Buriram  Curaçao 1–2 ‡ 1–3 2019 King's Cup [59]
69. 109 7 July 2019 The Arena, Ahmedabad  Tajikistan 1–0 ‡ 2–4 Friendly
(2019 Intercontinental Cup)
[60]
70.
2–0
71. 110 13 July 2019  North Korea
2–4
2–5 [61]
72. 112 5 September 2019 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati  Oman 1–0 1–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [13]

Hat-tricks[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Goal mins Result Competition Ref.
1. 13 August 2008 Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi  Tajikistan Goal 9'19'75' 4–1 2008 AFC Challenge Cup [26]
2. 8 October 2010 Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune  Vietnam Goal 25'48'72' 3–1 Friendly [29]
3. 1 June 2018 Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai  Chinese Taipei Goal 14'34'62' 5–0 2018 Intercontinental Cup [54]

International statistics[edit]

As of 19 November 2019[8]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Chhetri also previously appeared thrice for the India U-20 side and scored 2 goals in the 2004 South Asian Games,[4][5] which are not considered as FIFA A international goals but are considered official goals by AIFF. He also scored a goal in an unofficial friendly match against Qatar. FIFA allows a maximum of six substitutions by each team for friendly matches,[6] but in the match against Qatar, more than six substitutions were made by India,[7] thus the match is not considered an official match.

See also[edit]

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