Manvir Singh celebrating after the goal against Kuwait.
Manvir Singh celebrating after the goal against Kuwait.Image | AIFF

Kuwait vs India FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Highlights | Manvir Singh's goal help India beat Kuwait 0-1

Manvir Singh's goal helped India beat Kuwait by 0-1 in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 in Kuwait.

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Full time |KUW 0-1 IND

Final whistle. India start their campaign with a win over Kuwait. This is the first time India managed to win against Kuwait within the full 90 minutes. Manvir Singh with the goal for India. However, it was Chhangte who came in and changed the speed of the match. He provided the all-important assist for Manvir.

Match details

Kuwait vs India - FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers, Round 2

Venue: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City

Time: 10 pm IST

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Playing XIs | Kuwait vs India


India | Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra, Suresh Wangjam, Manvir Singh, Lalengmawia, Sunil Chhetri, Sahal Abdul Samad, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Nikhil Poojary

Kick off | 10 pm IST

India in their orange away jersey while Kuwait in their blue. Here We Go!

4' |KUW 0-0 IND | Sunil steals the ball

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri looked threatening here. He did well to take the ball way but could not do enough to score the first of the match.

7' | KUW 0-0 IND |Manvir tries his luck from outside the box

Manvir Singh on the right tries his luck from outside the box. However, it is a very weak try from him. Marzouq makes an easy save.

13' | KUW 0-0 IND |Alkhaldi injured

Shabaib Alkhaldi injured and the play is stopped for a minute.

17'| KUW 0-0 IND |Alfaneeni takes a wild shot

A wild shot from Alfaneeni that goes far away from the goalpost. Gurpreet did not have to do anything other than picking up the ball and kick it again.

19' | KUW 0-0 IND | Cheetri's shot goes over the bar

Nikhil Poojary's cross from the right flank had found Sunil Chhetri in the right position. Sunil's right-footed shot from the middle of the box, goes over the bar. First chance for India gone begging.

22' | KUW 0-0 IND | Free-kic given for Kuwait

Kuwait won the freekick after Sahal had fouled Saleh 20m outside the box. Saleh takes the freekick but Sandesh was there to negotiate it.

27' | KUW 0-0 IND | Manvir Singh from right doing all the work

Manvir Singh looking good in right flank as he creating all the space for Indian team.

28' | KUW 0-0 IND | So close from Nikhil

Mahesh's freekick had nearly found Nikhil Poojary on the edge of the box. It looks like Nikhil had some touch on the ball. It goes straight to Marzouq. Good spell of football for India.

34' | KUW 0-0 IND |India looking to create chance from right flank

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Sunil plays a pass along the pitch to Nikhil Poojary who plays it wide to Suresh on the right. However, Suresh fails to control the ball.

36' | KUW 0-0 | Great run from Fahad Alhajeri

Alhajeri makes a great from to from their half to India's half. His pass to Alfaneeni was nearly accurate but the attacking mid-fielder could not control the ball.

38' | KUW 0-0 IND | Mahesh is injured

A clash with Sultan Alenezi and Mahesh is down.

43' | KUW 0-0 IND | Manvir Singh misses another chance

Manvir again had the chance to score from a missed ball by the Kuwaiti defenders. But Kuwaiti defenders were there to nulify the attack.

45' | KUW 0-0 IND | 2 added minutes

2 minutes of added time in the Kuwait vs India first half.

Half-time | KUW 0-0 IND

Nothing much to talk about for both teams in the first half of the Kuwait vs India FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match in Kuwait. India looked more attacking with Manvir and Nikhil doing all the work in right and Mahesh trying to sneak in from left. Sunil Chhetri had the best chance of the match so far but his shot went over the bar to disappoint all the fans watching the match.

46' | KUW 0-0 IND | Second half starts

A triple change for Kuwait as we start the second half. Faisal Alharbi, Ahmad Zanki and Hamd Alqallaf comes in the second half.

48' | KUW 0-0 IND | Alhajeri nearly made it 1-0

Mohammad Abdulah's free-kick had found Alhajeri unmarked inside the box and his header narrowly misses the target. First chance for the home team.

57' | KUW 0-0 IND | Shahal's corner can't find Sunil

Shahal's right-footed corner was for Sunil Chhetri and Alanezi was there to make the deflection.

60' | KUW 0-0 IND | Cheeky but not good enough

Mahesh Singh's short free-kick found Sunil Chhetri, who was waiting for a volley with the left-foot, failed to execute it.

64' | KUW 0-0 IND | First change for India

Lalianzuala Chhangte comes in for Mahesh Singh Naorem for India.

66' | KUW 0-0 IND | Mishra injured

Akash Mishra collides with Zanki and is on the ground. Zanki is also on the ground.

69'| KUW 0-0 IND |Yellow card Hamad

First yellow card of the match. Hamad Alqallaf gets the yellow card for a foul on Manvir Singh.

71 ' |KUW 0-0 IND | Suresh goes long and wide

Suresh tries his luck with a long shot from outside the box. However, he misses the target by a long margin. He apologies to other forwards right after the shot.

75' | KUW 0-0 | Alrashidi comes in for Kuwait

Another substation for Kuwait. Alrashidi replaces Shabaib Alkhaldi.

76' | KUW 0-1 IND | Goal for India

Manvir Singh celebrating after the goal against Kuwait.
Manvir Singh celebrating after the goal against Kuwait.Image: AIFF

Finally a goal for India. It was Lalianzuala Chhangte who provides the all important assist from the left. His cross from left found Manvir Singh on the right who did not miss the chance to put the ball into the net for India's first goal in Kuwait.

80'| KUW 0-1 IND | Mishap from Gurpreet; no harms done

Nearly the equaliser for Kuwait. Gurpreet Singh could not grab Mohammad Abdullah's shot properly. But, there was no one to take the advantage.

83' | KUW 0-1 IND | Two substitutions for India

Liston Colaco in for Manvir; Thapa in for Sahal Abdul Samad

87' | KUW 0-1 IND | Alrashidi looking dangerous

Alrashidi's shot from left to the box was on target. However, Sandesh was there to deflect the ball for a corner.

90' | KUW 0-1 IND | Five added minutes

Five added minutes to the second half.

90+1' | KUW 0-1 | Yellow card for Alharbi

Alharbi gets the second yellow of the game. He gets the card for a foul on Anirudh Thapa.

90+3' | KUW 0-1 IND |Red card for Alharbi

Alharbi gets the second yellow for a high foot gainst Chhangte. He gets the red card. The home team is now left with 10 men.

90+6' | KUW 0-1 IND | Subs for India

Rahul KP for Sunil Chhetri; Rohit Kumar in for Suresh.