DAY 4 ROUND-UP: Competition hots up on day four

Sweden players celebrating
England Blind Women vs Sweden Blind Women at 2023 IBSA World Games (credit Richard Hall)

A scoreless draw with England was enough to see Sweden book their place in the semi-final of the women’s blind football on day four of the IBSA World Games.

Qualification on goal difference gave reason for the Swedes to celebrate their draw as if it was a victory, while elsewhere in women’s football a prolific Japan – who are yet to concede a goal at the World Games – continued their hot form with a 4-0 victory over Morocco.

In men’s blind football, Japan and Thailand produced an excellent demonstration of ball control but only a single goal separated the two sides as Japan ran out 1-0 victors, while Italy emerged on top in an entertaining 2-1 triumph over Turkey, Argentina and England played out a 0-0 draw in front of the biggest crowd of the day at the Bournbrook pitches at University of Birmingham, and China overcame Germany 2-0 thanks to goals from Zhang Jiabin and Zhu Ruiming late on in both halves.

Over at University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus, the goals continued to come in partially sighted football as Spain beat Italy 4-1, Ukraine hit three past Türkiye, and England overcame rivals France by four goals to one.

RESULTS IN FULL – Thursday 17th August

Women’s blind football

Japan 4-0 Morocco

England 0-0 Sweden

Men’s blind football

Thailand 0-1 Japan

Turkiye 1-2 Italy

Argentina 0-0 England

China 2-0 Germany

Partially sighted football

Italy 1-4 Spain

Ukraine 3-0 Türkiye

France 1-4 England