The Indian football team beat Oman 2-1 in the qualifiers of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers in Fujairah, UAE on Sunday night.

Rahim Ali put India ahead as early as the seventh minute when he successfully converted from the penalty spot.

Vikram Pratap Singh then doubled the lead in the 38th minute when he received the ball from Rahim Ali and placed his shot past the goalkeeper.

Waleed halved India’s lead when he scored in the 89th minute after receiving a cross from Abdullah, but the Blue Tigers did enough to hold on and claim a vital victory.

“It was an exciting game. We (India) were trying for an early goal and we got that. We were deserving of that goal. After that, we changed tactically. Once we got the goal, we did not have to chase down the two centre backs,” India head coach Igor Stimac said after the match.

India will next face hosts UAE knowing a win will all but secure a place in the finals.

(With PTI inputs)