Homeless World Cup: Home Nations Kick On!
There have been mixed fortunes for the home nations in the first few days of blistering, goal-a-minute action in Mexico City.
England will soon be up against home nation and hot tournament favourites Mexico in the second round of group matches, after finishing third in an opening group. The English side notched up three victories, including a satisfying 5-2 win against Germany.
Scotland, twice winners of the Homeless World Cup, also finished third in their opening group, and face Brazil today in a tantalizing second group stage encounter.
Wales finished fourth in their opening group, finding it tough against Mexico, Haiti and South Africa, but a 6-5 win against Denmark and a 9-3 win over Canada gave the Welsh Dragons’ supporters plenty to cheer about. Wales don’t have it easy in the next group stage however, facing Italy, France and a very impressive Argentina.
There have been some remarkable friendships forged already at the Homeless World Cup. On Monday, the Canadian team arrived short of a goalkeeper and Mexican reserve team player, Pamela López García, stepped forward to save them.
García was heartbroken, however, when her new Canadian friends lost to her own country Mexico 10-1. After the match, she burst into tears and was consoled by both sides.
No shortage of personal triumphs, and no shortage of entertainment. In the first four days of red-hot action at the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City, there has been a grand total of 1,716 goals - almost one a minute. The final knock-out stages begin this weekend.
Catch up with all the action so far, and watch the rest of the matches live online at www.homelessworldcup.org