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The Para Lions kick-off IFCPF World Cup in Spain with an impressive win over Germany

Monday 08 Jul 2019
Goalscorer David Porcher celebrates with Dale Smith and George Fletcher (courtesy of IFCPF)

England made a winning start to the IFCPF World Cup on Monday morning with an impressive 5-2 victory over Germany.

The Para Lions are in Seville for the tournament which runs over the next two weeks and it was a perfect start to the group stage for Andy Smith’s team as they look to better their fourth-place finish from two years ago in Argentina.

Goals from David Porcher (2) and Matt Crossen put England into a commanding 3-1 lead at half time, before their dominance continued after the break.

A close-range strike from Dale Smith saw England add a fourth and if it wasn’t for German keeper Luca Podsendek making a string of saves, the scoreline could’ve been much higher.

Porcher wheels away to celebrate his goal in the second half against Germany

But when a fine run from Crossen saw him beat two players before seeing his shot parried by Podsendek, Porcher was on hand to turn home the rebound to complete his hat-trick and add England’s fifth before Germany grabbed a consolation in the last minute.

England will be back in action on Wednesday evening (8pm) when they take on Japan before their final group match against Brazil on Friday morning (10.10am).

Find out more about the England CP squad out in Spain, or if you're interested in getting involved in Para football at grassroots level.

You can watch games from the IFCPF World Cup live via the competition's YouTube channel.

By Nicholas Veevers