Brazilian Raimundo Mendes celebrates after scoring the only goal in the five-a-side final against Argentina at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Brazilians are definitely one step ahead when it comes to football. Since the launch of the Paralympic blind football program in Athens in 2004, they have won all 5 competitions in which they have participated. Tournaments which are reserved for players affected by visual impairments.
This year in Tokyo, the Brazilians took on the Argentines for the gold medal. As in recent years against the same opponents (2018 World Cup, Para-Pan American Games in 2019), it is the Brazilians who have once again distinguished themselves, this time on the smallest of scores.
It was Raimundo Mendes’ lavish second-half achievement that gave the Seleçao victory. Launched in a superb solo from midfield, the number 8 easily got rid of two opponents.
Between the penalty spot and the goalkeeper’s zone, he seems a little unbalanced, but manages to unleash a left-footed outside strike that really leaves no chance for the Argentine goalkeeper.
At the final whistle, his Auriverde teammates let their emotions burst out and burst into tears. The Brazilians also achieved the feat of finishing the competition without conceding a goal.
Argentina therefore clinched a silver medal and Morocco completed the podium after a 4-0 victory over China in the small final.