Earlier this afternoon, Brazil men’s national goalball team dominated Finland in the gold medal match of the men’s competition at the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships. They won 9-1, scoring 6 of their goals in the second half.
As a result of their placement, Brazil, Finland and competition bronze medalist USA have all qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Leomon Silva scored 6 of Brazil’s goals, while Romario Marques scored the team’s remaiing goals. Two of Silva’s goals and one of Marques’s goals came in the first half. Silva scored Brazil’s first two goals in the second half. Marques scored one after that. Silva started the day as the competition’s leading scorer with 45 total goals. Marques started as the sixth leading scorer with 27 total goals.
Petteri Peitso scored the only goal for Finland, which came in the second half. Coming into the match, Erkki Miinala was Finland’s leading scorer with 24 goals. He was shut out in this game.
The Finnish team was the exact same one that competed in the Belgian-hosted Paralympic Championships in May. In that competition, the team finished fourth. Brazil did not participate in the event.
Brazil came into the competition ranked second in the world, while Finland was ranked ninth.