Pararoos focus on Argentina encounter following Ukraine loss

Australia’s Pararoos suffered a 7-0 defeat to the world’s top ranked CP football nation, Ukraine, in their IFCPF World Cup opener in Seville, Spain on Sunday.

After a tight opening to the match that included some strong defensive play from Pararoos skipper David Barber and goalkeeper Christopher Pyne, Ukraine made the breakthrough midway through the first half.

Click here to watch the Pararoos in the IFCPF World Cup Seville 2019

The Pararoos threated the Ukraine goal with dangerous set pieces from Ben Roche and Brad Scott in the first half, however the defending world champions managed to add two further goals to their tally prior to the break.

Australia started the second stanza strongly with some impressive work from Roche, Scott, and Matthew Hearne, however Ukraine’s quality ultimately told as the eastern European nation displayed some clinical finishing to add to their score.

Pararoos Head Coach Kai Lammert was able to introduce a number of young players in the match, with Augustine Murphy, Cosimo Cirillo and Alessandro La Verghetta receiving valuable match minutes in the tournament.

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The Pararoos lost 7-0 to defending world champions Ukraine on Sunday night

Despite the opening game defeat, Lammert was proud of his team’s application and effort against the world’s best CP football nation.

“I was happy with the overall performance,” Lammert said. “The Ukrainian team are current world champions and are a very professional team, but we made them work hard for every goal.”

“Our organisation, in particular in the first half, was very good. Communication was excellent, and we looked ok in transition.”

“We are looking forward to playing Argentina now on Tuesday (local time),” he said.

Watch post-match interview with Pararoos captain David Barber below

Lammert’s squad will take on Argentina in their second match of the tournament on Wednesday morning (5.00am AEST).

Argentina secured a 7-0 win over hosts Spain in their opening fixture of the competition on Sunday.

Upcoming Matches

Australia v Argentina 
Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Kick-off: 9.00pm (local); 5.00am Wednesday, 10 July 2019 (AEST)
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Australia v Spain 
Date: Thursday, 11 July 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Kick-off: 11.00am (local); 7.00pm (AEST)
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Next up for Kai Lammert’s squad is Argentina on Wednesday, AEST