This evening in Tokyo, Japan, Brazil crushed Germany 4 – 0 at the IBSA Blind Football World Championships to qualify for the semifinals, where they will meet China. The Brazilians built the early lead with the first half ending at 4 – 0, but were unable to score more goals in the second half. Ricardo Alves Steinmetz (Ricardinho) was one of Brazil’s goal scorers, scoring 2. Jefinho also put in a pair in Brazil’s victory.
Brazil will now meet China. Coming into the tournament, Brazil has had a winning record against the team, winning 3 and drawing 1. This record is a bit deceptive as China has given the Brazilians a real challenge. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in the gold medal match, China scored first before Ricardinho scored an equalizer. The team was 30 seconds away from going to penalty kicks before Marquinhos scored for the Brazilian side. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Brazil pulled off a tight 1 – 0 victory with a goal from Jefinho to defeat China in quarterfinal play. At these championships, China and Brazil drew 0 – 0 in group play.
Germany will now meet hosts Japan for a placement final, after Japan lost to China earlier in the day.
In other quarterfinal play, Spain beat Paraguay in a penalty kick shootout to qualify for the semifinals. Argentina and Colombia are currently in progress, with the winner to take on Spain.