Brazil became the first team to win the Homeless World Cup for a third time after seeing off Mexico in a tightly-fought final.
The Brazilians – with a mixed gender team – clinched a 4-3 victory to end the Mexican stranglehold on the men’s title at Oslo’s Radhusplassen yesterday evening.
The defeat meant that the reigning champions – who took the trophy in 2015 and 2016 in Amsterdam and Glasgow respectively – missed out on a record third title themselves over the tournament’s 15-year history.
A double from Igor put Brazil in command early-on before they controlled possession to hold-off a Mexico fightback and add to the titles they won in Poznan in 2013 as well as on home turf in Rio de Janeiro in 2010.
But it was not all doom and gloom for Mexico as their women’s side continued their dominance to take an unmatched fifth World Cup crown. Strikes from Zacapantzi and Valentine helped the Mexicans edge a closely-contested final against Chile 4-2 to make it three titles on the bounce.
Incidentally, Chile are the last team to stop Mexico taking the spoils – winning on home turf in 2014’s Santiago tournament.
On the home front, both Scotland and Wales also tasted success. The Scots secured a double, a year on from hosting the tournament in Glasgow, as their men’s side ran out of 5-1 winners against Grenada to take the New Balance Shield while their women’s side fought back from 4-1 down to see off the Netherlands 5-4 in the Fretex Quaich.
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