Asian Cup: India star surpasses Messi with two goals in win vs. Thailand
Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi to become the second highest-scoring active international player by netting two goals for India in their 4-1 win over Thailand at the 2019 Asian Cup.
Chhetri moved onto 67 goals, one more than Argentina and Barcelona forward Messi. Only Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is ahead of him -- the Juventus forward has scored 85 international goals.
Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua also scored for India, who went top of Group A above host nation United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who drew 1-1 on Saturday.
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Earlier on Sunday, defending champions Australia suffered the first shock of the tournament by losing 1-0 to Jordan.
Anas Bani Yaseen was the match-winner for the team ranked 109th in the world, finding space following a short-corner routine by Jordan to guide in a near-post header in the 26th minute and send his nation top of Group B.
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Syria play Palestine in Group B's other game later on Sunday.
The 2019 edition of the Asian Cup is the biggest ever, with 24 teams involved -- mirroring the expansion made by the European Championship for its most recent tournament in 2016. It is taking place against the backdrop of a diplomatic crisis in the gulf region.