07:45 pm: Chhetri, one of the greatest footballers that India has produced, had made an impassioned plea to all the football fans in the county who passionately follow European clubs – “abuse us, criticise us but please come to watch the Indian national team play.”
The country’s all-time highest goal-score was speaking a day after his hat-trick helped India thrash (a depleted) Chinese Taipei side 5-0 in front of a sparse crowd at Mumbai Football Arena.
Tonight, however, it’s expected to be different with tickets apparently sold out. Our correspondent Arka Bhattacharya will have more on that as we go along.
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