China took gold to retain its title at the 2019 IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships yesterday, defeating Iran 1-0 in a tight final in Pattaya, Thailand.
A 16th-minute goal from a corner was enough for the defending champions to take the trophy from the Paralympic silver medallists. Iran fought hard to secure an equaliser, but the Chinese defence held out.
In the match for the bronze medals, Japan got the better of the hosts to win 2-1.
In yesterday's morning match, newcomers India surprised Malaysia to find the back of the net twice in the second half and clinch fifth place.
Results Sunday 6th October
(click on scores to view the full matches live on the IBSA YouTube channel)
5th-6th place play-off: India 2 Malaysia 0
3rd-4th place play-off: Japan 2 Thailand 1
Final: China 1 Iran 0
Caption: the Chinese team poses with the national flag during the trophy presentation ceremony.
7 South Korea
China and Iran both qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
, joining hosts Japan, reigning Paralympic champions Brazil, Argentina, Spain and France. The final slot at the games will be decided at the 2019 IBSA Blind Football African Championships
in Enugu, Nigeria, next month.
Watch all the matches live with English commentary on the IBSA YouTube channel
The 2019 IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships were hosted by the Sports Association for the Blind of Thailand
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