Ireland’s 7-a-side football team were undone by some real samba football when they suffered a 7-1 defeat to home side Brazil in their second group game of the Paralympics.
An early goal, after just four minutes, from Wanderson Silva de Oliveira got the Brazilians off to the perfect start in front of the partisan 7,000 home crowd.
Every touch by the skilfull home side was greeted with huge cheers but Ireland were very unlucky to concede a second goal in the 16th minute, when Leandro Goncalves do Amaral’s drive took a deflection off a defender.
Three minutes later the Brazilians had a third and Ireland did well to hold them to 3-0 by half-time as Aaron Tier’s goalmouth was peppered with shots by the break.
A header by towering Brazilian defender Fabrizio Nascimento de Olivereiro put them 4-0 up within four minutes of the re-start, and only a brilliant save by Aaron Tier stopped them increasing it further moments later.
However, the impressive home side went 5-0 up in the 40th minute and were 6- 0 up nine minutes later. There was simply no holding the fantastic Brazilians who got a seventh goal in the 52nd minute, despite Joe Markey’s best effort to keep it out.
Ireland’s only goal came from second half substitute Dillon Sheridan.
Afterwards Irish manager Barry Ferguson said: "We never really came out of the traps, they’re a really good team but we never showed up, that was the disappointing thing. We were 1 nil down after four minutes and that was the game over. I think the atmosphere and the occasion got to us a little bit
"We’ll need to do a lot of recovery now to try and lift them for our game with GB. It’s probably not the bodies but the minds that we’ll need to lift but we’ll all work hard together to recover. Brazil are a smashing team and I’d imagine the final will be between them and Ukraine."
Ireland will play Great Britain in their final group game on Monday at 8.15pm Irish time.