India versus Iran - 5 stunning goals to give you hope
India's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continues against Iran this evening. Given the massive gulf in ranking between the two, expectations have, unsurprisingly, been kept in check. This is David versus Goliath. India, ranked 155th in the world, are taking on Iran, who, at rank 30, are the highest ranked team in Asia.
But, as the cliche goes, games aren't won on paper, they're won on the field. And the Indian team is not only capable of holding their own on the field, they're capable of scoring some stunners while they're at it.
So, in the run up to the qualifier, here are five goals scored over the years by the Indian team that are certain to make anyone sit up and take notice of them.
In 2010, Bhaichung Bhutia was still the team's shining light but Chhetri proved that he was no less, producing a moment of magic which gave fans a glimpse of what was to come from India's current skipper.
While credit for this goal must also be shared with Renedy Singh, whose cannonball from thirty yards out crashes against the post, Chhetri once again shows why he's India's finest. Even though India lost this Asian Cup match 4 - 2, it was a memorable display of the fighting spirit the team showed till the very end.
In the 2008 SAFF Championship, India got off to a perfect start in their first match against Nepal, winning 4 - 0. But the highlight from the match was Bhaichung Bhutia's stunning bicycle kick goal - one which any world-class striker would be proud of.
Syed Rahim Nabi is one of the most versatile players to have ever played for the Indian team. He started as a striker and was moved to the left back position later in his career. This goal shows that he never lost his striker's instinct.
Here's a goal of a completely different ilk. In this 2011 friendly match against Malaysia at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Jeje Lalpekhlua finishes off an impressive 18 pass move that began all the way back from the defence.