Defending champions Argentina won their third consecutive world blind football Grand Prix title on Saturday after beating hosts, Japan in the finals 2-0 ahead of the Paralympic Games this summer. Argentina’s most experienced striker, Maximiliano Espinillo set the tone in the game by scoring two goals in the first half itself and secured the win for the South American giants.
Japan is ranked 12th and was playing in their first final since the inception of this competition in 2018, they will be hoping to continue with this momentum and win a Paralympic medal this summer. Japan have gained valuable experience and confidence through this tournament in which five of the eight qualified teams for the Tokyo Paralympics competed.
Blind football is a 5-a side game that is adapted for athletes with a vision impairment contest using a ball that makes a sound when it’s in motion. The outfield players are completely blind while the goalkeeper must have a very low visual acuity of no light perception.
Spain sealed the third position after beating Thailand 1-0 in the tournament. The blind football with he played between Aug 29 to Sept 4 at the Aomi Urban sports park in Tokyo during the upcoming Summer Games in the country.