Penalty heartache for the England Blind team at the European Championship in Italy
By Gary Stonehouse
Russia 1-1 England
Russia win 3-1 on penalties
IBSA European Blind Championship
Wednesday 19 June 2013
Graham Keeley’s England Blind squad were back in action on Wednesday in their penultimate game of the European Championship.
After victory over the host nation last time out, England were looking to gain their second win of the tournament. However, they were to suffer heartache as they went down to Russia on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
The Three Lions started brightly, Dan English going close to opening the scoring inside the first minute, and a close-range Roy Turnham effort soon after.
The Russians came back, though, and Dan James was called into action to deal with three shots inside a busy four-minute spell. Turnham and Robin Williams continued to press for England, but the game remained goalless at the break.
Minutes after the restart, the deadlock was broken as Russia struck the first blow. A toe-poke from the Russia forward went under the body of James, to put England behind.
That lead didn’t last long as Keeley's men hit back almost immediately when Williams struck to level matters in the 38th minute.
Both sides pushed forward looking for a winner, but it was to prove in vain as the full-time whistle blew and the match headed to penalties.
Russia were ruthless from the spot converting three of their spot-kicks while England only found the net once.
The Three Lions will now play Greece for seventh place at 4pm local time on Friday.