India raised the Nehru Cup for the third consecutive time beating Cameroon 5-4 in an exceedingly penalty scrap at the jawaharlal nehru stadium here Sunday.
Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Denzil franco, Mehtab Hossain and Clifford Miranda all scored from the spot whereas Thierry Makon struck the right-post to provide india an unprecedented win.
In an end-to-end match that went into penalties, a courageous india control their additional fictional opponents 2-2 in traditional time.
Central defender Gourmangi Singh sent the 12,000 robust crowd into a hysteria as he beat the off-side entice to move in an exceedingly Clifford Miranda free-kick within the nineteenth minute.
The Cameroon defence was absent as 2 Indian players were left utterly free. There was additional unhealthy news for the Africans as goalkeeper Ngome Lawrence had to be substituted when he collided with Gourmangi.
It didn`t take Cameroon abundant time to seek out the equaliser. Raju Gaikwad`s clearance fell straight to Makon Thierry, who shot past Indian steward Subrata Paul from outside the box in the twenty ninth minute.
Thierry conjointly compete a key role in Cameroon`s second. His precise flag-kick allowed Kingue Mpondo to move into an open net within the 54th minute.
With things looking dim for india, Sunil Chhetri gave the fans their voice once more from a well-taken spot-kick within the 78th minute.
Mehtab Hossain`s good chipped through ball found the Indian captain in acres of area. Chhetri looked to own to have a hash of things however recovered well solely to be brought down by substitute keeper Nkessi Hosea.
India started the match the brighter of the two, endlessly creating inroads into the Cameroon third.
Chhetri had the primary shot of the match however his drive from well outside the box was simply saved.
Cameroon looked to a small degree shell-shocked by India`s aggressiveness within the initial twenty minutes.
Gouramangi`s goal looked as if it would wake Cameroon from its slumber. The Africans dominated the play thereafter, putting the Indian defence below tremendous pressure.
Midfielder Lenny Rodrigues did his name no harm by fitting a sterling performance. at the side of Mehtab Hossain he closed down the Cameroon players, forcing them to misplace their passes.
Gouramangi once more found himself within the thick of things. Syed Rahim Nabi headed Clifford`s free-lick across the goal however the central defender didn't rise and missed the header utterly.
India shifted to a 4-4-2 formation within the sixty fourth minute bringing Robin Singh for winger Sanju Pradhan. His height further another dimension to India`s attacks.
Thierry, who was one-on-one with the keeper, might have simply created it 3-1 however slashed his shot well wide.
India defended stoutly but didn't have a similar impact that they had within the upfront direct.
Wim Koevermans ways paid dividence as Cameroon`s star player Ebanga Bertin was marked out of the sport.
India had two golden possibilities of taking the lead within the gap half of additional time however Chhetri skied his shot from three yards out whereas Robin created a whole mess from a free-header.
Both groups dug deep within the final quarter-hour however didn't realize a gap because the match went into penalties.