A visually impaired footballer turned heads at the Paralympic Games after scoring a sublime solo goal.
Tiago Parana’s jinking run ended in a goal for defending football five-a-side champions Brazil against hosts Japan at the Aomi Urban Sports Park on Monday.
The Group A fixture saw Brazil win 4-0, but it was Parana’s effort which gave his side a comfortable two-goal cushion before two more goals added gloss to the score.
HOLD UP! A sensational goal by Brazil in football 5-a-side 😲
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“What a run that is, that is magic!” exclaimed the commentator.
“Tiago Parana… that is joga bonito, it’s exquisite, it’s beautiful.”
The result means Brazil are guaranteed a place in the semi-finals – they have never failed to win the competition.
In football five-a-side players have severe levels of vision impairment, while they must also wear eyeshades during games.
The ball has a bell inside to alert players to its position, while players say “voy” when they have the ball to let others know where they are.
A guide can provide instructions either verbally or by banging on the goalposts during penalty kicks.