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An exhilarating match unfolded on Tuesday, 22nd of August as the Ukrainian national team clinched the championship title in the 2023 IBSA Futsal World Games for Partially Sighted. In an intense showdown against England, the final score of 4-3 encapsulated the gripping drama that played out in the last few seconds of extra time. The tension was palpable as the host team fought valiantly until the very end.
The battle remained locked at 2-2 by the end of regular time. England’s skilled player, Adam Lione, showcased his prowess by netting two goals, propelling his team into a 3-2 lead during the first half of extra time. The atmosphere at the Walsall Sports Hall of the University of Wolverhampton was electric, with spectators on the edge of their seats.
Just as England seemed poised for victory, Robert Tremba seized the opportunity, equalizing with a decisive touch in the final moments of the match. The intensity surged as Ukrainian player number 4 left the field due to injury, serving as inspiration for his team to persevere.
With only 22 seconds left on the clock, Vadim Shvets was rightfully crowned the MVP, and secured Ukraine’s triumph with a winning goal, etching their victory into history.
In the contest for the bronze medal, Spain left no doubt, securing an impressive 9-0 victory against Japan.
You can watch the full match below:
1st – UKRAINE 🥇
2nd – England 🥈
3rd – Spain 🥉
4th – Japan
5th – Italy
6th – Turkiye
7th – France
Best goalkeeper: Roman Skotnikov (UKR)
Top scorer: Douglas Pratt (ENG, 6 goals)
MVP: Vadim Shvets 🏆
Despite defeat, the England national team has cherished the experience and been praised for their efforts across the English Futsal Community and beyond. It was England’s third consecutive World Cup Final, the first the England National Team under the Football Association to do so across all formats.
Quite the turnout also cheered on the competition hosts at the University of Birmingham, and British Universities & College Sport also gave recognition to their staff who were involved in the coach, and playing in the England team; Marc Forrest (Lead Technical Coach and assistant) and Jack Walsh (goalkeeper):
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Stephen McGettigan was born in the Republic of Ireland but grew up in Belfast. He is the founder of Futsal Focus and a Football Industries MBA graduate from the University of Liverpool Management School. Stephen has worked in the Football and Futsal industries for 15 years.
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