Hosts Guatemala and Costa Rica today confirmed their place in Saturday’s final of the IBSA Blind Football Central American Championships in Ciudad de Guatemala.
It was a busy day at the office for Guatemala, who faced two games in the space of six hours, but they were up to the task and defeated Nicaragua 2-0 in the opening match and El Salvador 1-0 in today’s final fixture.
Zapeta and López were on the mark to overcome Nicaragua, and López scored the winner against El Salvador to secure a slot in the final.
In today’s other match, Costa Rica were too strong for Honduras and won 5-0 thanks to goals from Contreras (3) and Chávez (2).
Caption: free kick for El Salvador against Guatemala.
Guatemala tops the table on ten points, having completed its group-stage matches, while Costa Rica has seven and a game in hand. Honduras and El Salvador are third and fourth respectively on three points, and Nicaragua lies fifth.
Daniel Contreras (Costa Rica) moves to the top of the goal-scorers table on seven, ahead of Fredy Oliva (Honduras) on five.
For what may be the first time in the history of blind football, a woman referee led the team of officials in an international IBSA match. Hilary Ramírez from Costa Rica was number one referee in the game between Guatemala and El Salvador.
Caption: Hilary Ramírez took charge of the match between El Salvador and Guatemala.
Match day 4 - Friday 10th November
09:00 Nicaragua vs Honduras
11:30 El Salvador vs Costa Rica
Honduras will look to secure its place in Saturday’s 3rd-4th place play-off in tomorrow’s opener against Nicaragua, while a win from Costa Rica will secure first place in the group on goal difference from Guatemala.
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The IBSA Blind Football Central American Championships Guatemala 2017, hosted by the Guatemalan Committee for the Blind and Deaf
, are the first ever official championships in the region. The winning team will qualify for the IBSA Blind Football World Championships
in Madrid, Spain, in June next year.
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Caption: championships logo.