Yesterday, Poland men’s national amputee football team lost to Mexico 3 – 2 at the Mexican hosted 2014 Amputee Football World Cup. The result means Poland will meet the United States or Germany in the quarterfinals, after qualifying through the group stage on goal difference. The game was a tough one, that saw Polish goalkeeper Marek Zadębski sent off after getting a red card for a handball outside the box. Both teams fought the whole time, with the result up in the air until the final minute. Poland led for most of the game, with a 2 – 1 lead, but allowed the home side two late goals.
Yesterday, Germany defeated Kenya 3 – 2 to also qualify for the quarterfinals. The Kenyans came into their game against Germany without having won a single game of the competition. The game was characterized by aggressive play. German goalkeeper Cesar Leszinski did an admirable job in defending his team’s goal. German striker Marco Reinecke scored the first goal of the game 7 minutes in after a feint that sent the Kenyan keeper in the wrong direction. At the 12 minute mark, the Uzbekistan referee called an obvious penalty against Germany, that resulted in the German keeper being sent off, and saw Kenyan striker Wilfried Mbicue convert the penalty kick to a goal, tying the game 1 – 1. 22 minutes in, Kenyan player Helmut Olapa got his second yellow of the game for intentionally touching the ball with his crutch, and was sent off. This penalty brought the teams to equal strength going into the second half. Marco Reinecke scored for Germany during the 28th minute. The Kenyans responded back, going on the offense and challenging the German side, but were unable to score. Heintz sored during the 46th minute. Kenya quickly answered back off a goal from striker Ewald Ilbotega to bring the game to 3 – 2. The Kenyans pressed hard the remaining few minutes but were unable to get the equalizer.
Following the game, Marco Reinecke told Amputierten Fussball Club Deutschland, “‘That was a tough job against the driven runs strong and sturdy troops from Kenya. But each of us has selflessly fought and always believed in victory. Therefore, this also goes total absolutely fine. ”
The tournament ends next Monday. The rules for the competition include the game being composed of two halves, each 25 minutes long and each team having six players on the field.