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Published 14 November 2023 4 min read
England Para Teams

Report: Argentina 3-6 England Deaf Women

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Chris Day's side beat Argentina in a pulsating encounter at the Deaf Futsal World Championship in Brazil

England women’s deaf team picked up a successive victory at the World Championships in Brazil, after a thrilling 6-3 win over Argentina.

Chris Day’s team, who beat Germany in Monday’s group game, followed that up on Tuesday in a feisty match between the nations.

And they had to show real character to earn the win too, as they came from behind twice after a frantic opening period.

Argentina’s Narina Staravjosky opened the scoring with a near lob over Molly Ripley after finding space in the area and being picked out by a ball from deep.

But England responded and it took a good save from the Argentine ‘keeper Lelia Aguirre to block Faye Williams’ shot after a counter attack led by Maisie O’Shea saw the Para Lionesses break at speed.

And the equaliser arrived soon after that when a mis-hit clearance looped in the air before Zara Musker rifled home a fine volley to take it to 1-1

It didn’t take long for Argentina to re-take the lead though, as a fortuitous goal restored their advantage. A cross from the right was cleared by Louise Hogan which was unfortunately diverted back to the far post where Sofia Rojas poked home from close range.
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Argentina v England Deaf Women

Watch the Para Lions' match in full at the 5th World Deaf Futsal Championships

Again, England hit back from their own set-piece when Musker played a kick-in to O’Shea who cut inside and fired a low shot into the bottom corner.

The goals had given England momentum and they took advantage of that when Emma Brown latched onto a loose ball to gather possession and skipped around a defender before smashing home to make it 3-2 at the break.

Brown grabbed her second to make it 4-2 shortly after the restart with a thumping finish as England gathered momentum and enjoyed their best spell of the game. 

A stunning move from England saw them clock up a fifth goal, as Lucindha Lawson’s chipped pass forward picked out O’Shea in the middle and when she traded passes with Musker before skipping past a challenge, her cut-back found Musker for a simple finish from close range.

The onus switched back to Argentina, who reduced the deficit when Staravjosky scrambled home her second of the game after a mazy run from deep by Andrea Esper.

The next goal would be crucial and it was England who got it as Brown played a one-two with O’Shea before bravely finishing past Aguirre to firmly take control as the clock neared full time.

Argentina still weren’t done and they had a chance to make it 6-4 from the penalty spot after Musker’s foul on Staravjosky, but  Ripley saved the spot kick to keep England’s three-goal advantage in tact and secure a deserved win.

England will be back in action on Thursday when they face Ireland (1.15pm GMT) after a rest day on Wednesday.

England: 1 Molly Ripley, 3 Zara Musker ©, 4 Maisie O’Shea, 5 Louise Hogan, 10 Emma Brown 

Substitutes: 6 Lucindha Lawson, 7 Danielle Evans, 8 Faye Williams, 9 Rose Kent, 

Head coach:
 Chris Day

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