18 August 2013
Brazil took on Mexico in today’s Homeless World Cup final. Two teams evenly matched in skill and dedication, it was bound to be an exciting affair and it did not disappoint.
Mexico seemed to have the measure of Brazil forward Darlon Martins, who was awarded the men’s player of the tournament award, from the outset. The Mexican keeper was forced into a handful of saves in the first two minutes of the match, but it was clear that Mexico had studied their opponents carefully.
The Brazilians were still first to find the net, breaking the deadlock halfway through the first half. Not to be outdone, the Mexicans replied almost immediately to level the score. Brazil’s second goal came from a free kick scenario, finished neatly by their number five.
Martins could have made it three after turning the Mexican defence inside out but his shot went wide. Not to worry, his teammate was on hand to score seconds later, just before the half time whistle.
Two fine saves from the Mexican keeper kept the score at 3-1 after the break. With a little patience, the Mexicans closed the gap to just one, scoring an excellent goal.
The Brazilians were winning free kicks in dangerous positions but last year’s hosts somehow kept them at bay and were unlucky not to equalise after a fingertip save from Brazil’s keeper thwarted a superb effort.
Mexico kept trying and were rewarded at last when an unstoppable strike flew past the opposition keeper. The final whistle was blown moments later – penalties!
Mexico took the first kick, but the Brazilian keeper had it covered. Martins then stepped up to the plate and made no mistake slotting his kick away. Brazil were crowned champions of this year’s Homeless World Cup.
Brazil, who only brought four players to this year’s tournament due to financial constraints have provided a fabulous story in Poznan. The capacity crowd were in raptures as Brazil celebrated their win as the sun set on another Homeless World Cup.
Words by Amy Eustace