Dubai: The India Under-23 football team defeated Oman 2-1 in their opening fixture of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers at the Fujairah Stadium in Dubai, UAE, with Rahim Ali (6th minute) converting a penalty, before Vikram Partap Singh (37th minute) doubling the lead to earn a crucial victory.
Waleed Salim scored a consolation goal in added time for the Oman on Sunday night but the three points came into India's kitty.
Igor Stimac, after the recent success in the SAFF Championship in Maldives where the senior team defeated Nepal for the title, got into the act quickly in pursuit of qualification to the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 for the first time ever since the inception of the tournament in 2013.
India have joined the Kyrgyz Republic at the top of Group E with equal points and an identical goal difference. Indian will face hosts UAE at the same venue on Wednesday. IANS