IBSA Blind Football European Championships update
Date: August 28, 2015
Reigning European champions Spain, hosts England, Turkey and Russia have all qualified for today´s semi-finals at the IBSA Blind Football European Championships in Hereford, England.
In the first semi-final England, who topped Group A, will face Russia, second in Group B.
Caption: Turnham shoots for England against Poland.
England enjoyed an impeccable group stage, winning all four matches and scoring 15 goals in the process. Russia was also unbeaten in Group B, winning two and drawing two to finish on eight points and knock out France, losing finalists in the 2013 Europeans.
The second semi-final will see favourites Spain take on much-improved Turkey. Spain secured its semi-final slot thanks to a tight win over France on Wednesday, while Turkey qualified from Group A on seven points and on goal difference ahead of Germany.
Caption: Turkey poses for a group photo.
Caption: Spanish players celebrate a goal.
There are also three placement matches today to decide fifth-tenth spots in the final standings. Matches start at 11:00 local time.
11:00 Poland v Greece, 9th-10th place play-off
13:00 Italy v Belgium, 7th-8th place play-off
15:00 England v Russia, semi-final 1
17:30 Turkey v Spain, semi-final 2
19:30 Germany v France, 5th-6th place play-off
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Caption: image of the match ball before a game.