Romania wins European Blind Football Second Division Championship

Romania celebrate their victory (Photo: IBSA)

Romania has won the Blind Football European Second Division in their home
tournament to send them to the European Championships high on confidence after claiming the win on Saturday.

The final was won 1-0 by Romania in an entertaining match against Georgia to cap a phenomenal performance for the team. The only goal of the match was scored by Botez, who had a good tournament throughout, deserving the tournament winning goal. Both sides will now compete in the European Championship later in the year.

In the other major match on the final day of play saw Greece claim the third place medals as they cruised past the Czech Republic. It was a phenomenally entertaining match but eventually Greece came away 5-2 winners.

Fifth place was claimed by Albania in what was a tight match between Albania and Ireland with the Albanians winning 1-0. Dervishi scored the winning goal, and created history for his side, as they won their first ever match.

Semi-finals were played in Bacau on Friday with Romania and Georgia the winners in two matches with very different stories. Romania cruised through to the final by defeating the Czech Republic 4-1 with Kovacs scoring all four goals in one of the best performances in the whole tournament.

The other semi-final was an absolute nail-biter as Georgia and the Czech Republic couldn’t be separated in a tight match that ended scoreless. Weather conditions made the match difficult for both sides, and for spectators, but in the end Georgia nailed their penalty, enough to get the win and advance to the final.

Bacau was a phenomenal host of the tournament, the first division two tournament, which was regarded as a big success, reflecting the growth of the sport.


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