Football for the blind: selection advances to the semifinals of the International Grand Prix – News of Brazil
The Brazilian soccer team qualified in advance for the semifinal of the International Grand Prix, in São Paulo, by defeating England. The name of the game was Raimundo Nonato, who scored the two winning goals at the Paralympic Training Center (CTP). It is the first time that the competition, organized by the International Blind Sports Federation, takes place in South America. Five-time Paralympic champion, Brazil seeks the second title in the Grand Prix. The country was champion last year, in the edition of Mexico, in its debut in the tournament.
“We are working as best we can. I’m very happy to contribute with two more goals. England uses force a lot. It was a very tough game, but it worked out in the end.”he said Nonato, who took over the top scorer of the tournament today, as he had already scored two goals against Japan.
With the second victory in a row, the team reached six points and took the lead in Group B, which also includes Chile. In bracket A are France, Argentina, Thailand and Italy. The format of the dispute foresees games of all against all within the group itself. The two best in each group will play the semifinals on Friday (26) and on Saturday (27) the classifieds will compete for the gold medal.
“All the teams that play against Brazil try to take a point from us. England was never easy. It’s a physically strong team. The important thing is that we won, we rotated the athletes and we are moving forward with our renewal process, with many base players. We will do our best to continue the quest for the title at home.”said the coach Fabio Vasconcelos, in testimony to the website of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB).
Source: Brazil Agency
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