England were defeated 5-0 by Russia in the quarter-finals of the Cerebral Palsy football world championships at St George’s Park yesterday.
The world champions and tournament favourites, dominated possession in the first half and barely allowed the Three Lions out of their own half.
Goals by Dmitrii Pestretsov, a penalty from Georgiy Albegov and a goal from Eduard Ramonov meant Russia were leading 3-0 at half-time but England keeper Giles Moore, produced a number of fine saves to keep his side in the game.
England were the brighter of the two sides after the break and their best chance of the game fell to Michael Barker in the 36th minute when his powerful header was tipped over the crossbar by Russian keeper Vladislav Raretckii.
However, Russia were soon 4-0 ahead when Ivan Potekhin finished off a counter attack in the 39th minute before Alexander Kuligin scored their fifth.
In the first game of the day, Netherlands defeated USA 2-1.
Jeroen Schuitert put Netherlands ahead when he scored shortly after the break, however the USA equalised when David Navarro Garza scored a penalty to send the game in to extra-time.
The game looked destined for penalties until Dutch substitute Peter Kooij, scored the winning goal in the second half of extra-time.
The second game of the day saw Brazil face their South American rivals Argentina.
Brazil were the dominant side in the first half and took the lead through Jose Carols Monteiro Guimarães.
Brazil doubled their lead a few minutes later when one of the stand out players of the tournament so far, Jan Francisco Brito da Costa, added a second before scoring Brazil’s third, shortly before the break.
Argentina were much improved in the second half but couldn’t stop Monteiro Guimarães from scoring Brazil’s fourth in the 54th minute.
The final game of the day saw Ukraine secure their place in the semi-finals after defeating Republic of Ireland 4-0.
Goals from Yevhen Zinoviev, Artem Krasylnykov and two from Volodymr Antoniuk was enough for Ukraine to earn their place in the next round.
The following semi-finals take place on Friday 26th June: Brazil v Ukraine (16:30) and Netherlands v Russia (19:00).
Meanwhile the losing quarter-finalists will play in play-off matches to help determine their final positions: Argentina v Republic of Ireland (10:30), USA v England (13.00).
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