Paraguay wins Blind Football Fraternity Cup
Date: August 6, 2014
Paraguay defeated Argentina in the 3rd Fraternity Cup in blind football, held last weekend at the National Centre for High Performance Sport (CeNARD) in Buenos Aires.
The cup was a three-match series played over three days. The first game was very tight and ended in a nil-nil draw. Saturday’s match was won 1-0 by Argentina thanks to a goal by Luis Sacayán after 15 minutes of the second half. Argentina hit the post with a last-minute 8-metre penalty, a miss that was to prove decisive.
Paraguay took the honours in Sunday’s game, scoring after 6 minutes of the first half through Ricardo Villamayor. Despite sustained pressure on the Paraguay goal, the Bats were unable to secure an equaliser.
With the two teams drawn on points and goal difference at the end of the three matches, the tournament was decided on penalty kicks.
Jorge Villalba and Teófilo Sánchez scored for Paraguay and their keeper Alberto Blanco saved from Nicolás Véliz and Maximiliano Espinillo, so the cup went Paraguay’s way 2-0 on penalties.
Paraguay and Argentina will both feature at the IBSA Blind Football World Championships later this year in Tokyo, Japan.
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