Sunday in Culiacan, Mexico, the Haiti men’s national amputee football team defeated the team from Germany 2 – 0, with the first goal being scored 16 minutes into the first half and the second coming 23 minutes into the first half. The game was the first both teams in the competition, occurring on opening day with temperatures around 32 C / 89.6 F. The Haitian team played a physically aggressive game, that pushed Germany into the defensive. The Germans had a few scoring opportunities but were unable to get the ball past strong goalkeeping. The Germans had some complaints during the game about the Kenyan referee, who they complained about on Facebook for giving a a dubious free kick to the Haitians on the edge of the penalty box.
The Germans came out much more aggressively in the second half. Lars Wurst managed to get good scoring chances in the second half, but was unable to capitalize on them with a goal. Haiti started a counter attack fifteen minutes into the second half, but were unable to add to their goal tally.
The Germans are being coached by Michael van de Löcht. The Germans did not have much time to acclimatize to the weather, having only arrived the day before the start of play. This is the first time Germany is competing at the tournament. Reinecke and Heintz were also able to get shots on goals.
In other games on Sunday, Mexico lost to Italy 1 – 0 before a crowd of 1,500, while Uzbekistan crushed the Ukraine 10 – 0 and France beat Colombia 2 – 1. England got an automatic win against Ghana because the team did not arrive on time. England also had a 3 – 1 win against Angola, off goals from Mike Master, Micky Chambers and Lee Wolfenden. The United States also played Japan on Sunday, losing 1 – 0 off a penalty kick winning goal for Japan. The USA roster includes Craig Till, Dan Broome, Emmanuel Yeboah, Henry Sunday, Jesus Larios, Josh Sundquist, Keith Mann, Matt Eichler, Nacho Medrano, Nico Calabria, Noah Grove, and Richard Ramsay. Yesterday, Germany played vice champions Russia. France lost to El Salvador 5 – 1. England had a 3 – 0 upset against Japan. Ireland lost to Uzbekistan 6 – 1 with Garry Hoey and Simon Baker on the field for Ireland.
The tournament ends next Monday. The rules for the competition include the game being composed of two halves, each 25 minutes long.