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Russia defeats France on second day of blind football’s EdF B1, Tournoi de Fuzhou

5-a-side football pictogram. 5-a-side football pictogram. Image credit: Parutakupiu. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.
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A French player shows his moves in their game against Russia. Image credit: Cécifoot France

With the second day of playing having finished at the  EdF B1, Tournoi de Fuzhou in China, the Russian side came away victorious with a 1 – 0 win against the French.

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The game was a closely contested one, with both teams evenly matched for most of the game.  The game only slipped away from the French side in the final 5 minutes when they gave away a double penalty.  The Russians were able to capitalize on this opportunity to score and then able to prevent the French side from scoring in the remaining minutes of play.

 

Opening day of play saw Russia lose 0 – 4 to IBSA World Champions Brazil. France drew 0 – 0 with Asian vice-champions China.  All teams are in action tomorrow in their last games of round robin play before the finals.

 

Russia, Brazil and China have all qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, with this competition serving as a warm up event for them.  France failed to qualify through either the 2014 IBSA World Blind Football Championship or the 2015 IBSA Football 5-a-side European Championship. The first spot was claimed by Argentina and the latter two were claimed by Russia and Turkey.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2521 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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