India began their campaign for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with a stunning 1-0 victory over Kuwait in their first match of the second round of the World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
Manvir Singh scored the only goal of the game in the 75th minute, after a brilliant cross from Brandon Fernandes. India defended resolutely to keep a clean sheet and secure three crucial points.
The win boosted India’s chances of advancing to the third round of the world cup qualifiers, as they are now second in Group E behind Qatar, who they will face next on November 21. Kuwait, who had won their previous four matches, dropped to third place and will need to bounce back against Afghanistan on the same day.
Coach praises Team India Show at the World Cup Qualifiers
India’s coach Igor Stimac praised his players for their performance and said they showed great character and courage against a strong opponent. He also thanked the fans who came to support the team at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
This was India’s first win over Kuwait since 1979 in a football contest, when they beat them 2-1 in a friendly match. India had lost their last three encounters with Kuwait, conceding 15 goals and scoring none.