Brazil beat Lithuania in goalball debut

Brazil beat Lithuania in goalball debut

Brazil’s men’s goalball team debuted with a landslide victory at the Paralympics in Tokyo (Japan). Playing at the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre, Brazil beat Lithuania 11 to 2 last Tuesday (24th) in a match valid for Group A.

Brazil’s victory (the modus operandi of the current two-time world champion) had a special flavor, as it exceeded that of the current Paralympic champions of modalities. Lithuanians won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Brazil opened the scoring with Leon Moreno just two minutes after the match. But Lithuania managed to draw with Pavliukianec two minutes later.

However, the Brazilian team was much better in the confrontation, and scored three times before the break, with Lemón (in a penalty kick) and Romário (twice, one of them in a penalty kick).

The second half started with three consecutive goals from Josamario. Known as Parazinho, this wing scored on a penalty kick and rolled two balls.

Zibolis still managed to capitalize for Lithuania, but Lemmon and Romario scored a goal each, and Emerson extended it to 10-2 in a penalty kick at his Paralympic Games debut.

The coup grace was the fourth goal by the clash’s top scorer, forward Romario, which gave the scorer the final number with 56 seconds.

Brazil’s men’s goalball team will return to action next Thursday (26) against the United States at 1:15 a.m. (Eastern Time).

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