Brazil to go for Americas goalball double
Date: February 22, 2022
Hosts Brazil will go for double gold at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball Americas Championships in Sao Paulo on Tuesday (22 February), aiming to repeat the feat for the third time in their history.
The finals and bronze medal games of the biggest Americas Championships in history can be watched live at www.goalball.sport.
The women will face Canada in the final after a tense and emotional semi-final victory against the USA from Monday.
With the scores at 5-4, Brazil saved a penalty from Eliana Mason with six seconds left on the clock and then held on to the ball to secure their shot on gold.
“I believed in my potential, I hit here [hitting her legs with the palm of my hands] and said ‘I’m going to get to this ball'”, Jessica Vitorino, who committed the penalty and then made the save, said.
Canada meanwhile got past an Argentinian side with nothing to lose, having made it into the semis on their tournament debut.
The final at 10:50am BST will be a rematch of the gold medal game from 2017 where the Canadians emerged the victors. However at the World Championships a year later, Brazil beat Canada for bronze.
Argentina and the USA will go for bronze on Tuesday in the day’s first game at 08:30am BST.
The Brazilian men will face old foes the USA at midday as they try to defend their title. It will be the fifth time they have faced-off to be crowned the top side in the region.
Brazil beat Colombia for their place in the final on Monday, 13-3. Leomon Moreno led the scoring with five goals.
“We hope to represent our nation in the best possible way in the final”, Brazil’s Parazinho said.
The USA put the Canadian men out of contention in their semi-final as Calahan Young and Tyler Merren each found the net five times.
Canada and Colombia will compete for bronze at 09:40 BST.
Brazil 10 – 0 Chile
Mexico 4 – 5 Argentina
Peru 0 – 10 USA
Guatemala 0 – 10 Canada
Brazil 5 – 4 USA
Argentina 2 – 4 Canada
Brazil 10 – 0 Puerto Rico
Argentina 2 – 12 Canada
Colombia 9 – 8 Mexico
Venezuela 4 – 14 USA
Brazil 13 – 3 Colombia
Canada 4 – 14 USA