In a thrilling encounter at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, India secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Kuwait in the 2026 FIFA World Cup second-round qualifiers.
The decisive moment came in the 75th minute when Manvir Singh connected with a left-footed shot after a brilliant cross from Lallianzuala Chhangte.
Kuwait ended the match with 10 men as Faisal Alharbi was sent off in added time for a high boot challenge on Chhangte.
The win places India in a promising position in Group A alongside Qatar, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Ranked 106th in the world, India faces Asian champions Qatar on 21 November in Bhubaneswar.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the third round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and secure a spot in the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.
India's historic advancement to the third round hinges on their upcoming match against Qatar.
The Blue Tigers had previously defeated Kuwait (ranked 149th) in the SAFF Championships final in July, setting the stage for a potential milestone in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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