DAY 8 ROUND-UP: Argentina make history as first women’s blind football winners
Argentina made history as they were crowned the first winners of women’s blind football on day eight of the IBSA World Games, while England and Ukraine booked their place in the partially sighted football final.
Japan took a first-half lead against the South American side but Argentina fought back strong in the second half, with No. 10 Yohana Aguilar scoring both goals – the first a moment of individual brilliance as she dribbled past four defenders, and the second a late penalty in dramatic fashion with just under two minutes left to play.
This was the first title won in the 2023 IBSA World Games, with Argentina making history as the first women’s blind football world champion.
In partially sighted football, world number one Ukraine booked their place in Tuesday’s final with a convincing 3-0 win over Spain, while England made the final after a rollercoaster of emotions, letting slip a 2-1 lead late in the game for Japan to level, only to win 5-4 in sudden death in penalties and set up a thrilling final with arch rivals Ukraine.
In the cricket, India VI Women ran out comfortable winners over England VI Women, declaring at 268 for two as No 18 Gangavva Neelappa scored an impressive 117 runs not out. Despite a steady start, it was a tally which proved too much for England who fell short with a total of 83 for eight, seeing India win by a resounding 185 runs.
RESULTS IN FULL – Monday 21st August
Women’s blind football
India 0-0 Sweden (Sweden win 1-0 on penalties) – third place
Japan 1-2 Argentina – final
Partially sighted football
France 1-7 Turkiye
Ukraine 3-0 Spain – semi final
England 2-2 Japan (England win 5-4 on penalties) – semi final
Men’s blind football
England 0-0 Turkiye (England won 2-1 on penalties)
Bangladesh VI Men 175/7 – England VI Men 143/7 (Bangladesh VI Men won by 32 runs)
Australia VI Men 139/4 – India VI Men 141/2 (India VI Men won by 8 wickets)
India VI Women 268/2 – England VI Women 83/8 (India VI Women won by 185 runs)