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Para Lions finish fourth at IFCPF World Cup after loss to Brazil in third-place game

Friday 19 Jul 2019
England's CP team finished fourth at the World Cup in Spain

England’s CP squad finished fourth at the IFCPF World Cup for the second campaign in a row, after slipping to defeat against Brazil in the third-place game.

The Para Lions were aiming to take a medal for the first time in their history, but found a Brazilian side a little too hot to handle on a hot evening in Seville.

Andy Smith’s team fell behind after seven minutes when Brazil captain Magalhaes opened the scoring, before doubling the advantage in the 23rd minute.

That gave the South Americans a two-goal advantage at the break, and they doubled that eaely in the second half when Lemes Oviedo made it 3-0 in the 64th minute.

And Magalhaes, who also scored the winner when the nations met at the group stage last week, completed his hat-trick two minutes later.

England rallied in the later stages and were rewarded for their endeavour when sub Karl Townshend scored within seconds of his introduction in the last minute.

England: 1 Giles Moore, 2 Liam Irons, 6 Matt Crossen (c), 7 Michael Barker, 8 Dale Smith, 9 George Fletcher, 10 David Porcher

Substitutes: 12 Matt Robinson for Barker 31, 3 Harry Baker for Irons 37, 5 Karl Townshend for Smith 60

Subs not used: 4 Martin Sinclair, 11 Jordan Twiss, 13 Reagan McMillan, 14 Ethan Stone

Head coach: Andy Smith

By Jude Aston