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Teesside’s Matt Crossen Kicks Off Rio 2016 Campaign


Sep 5, 2016
Brazil had led 2-0 going in to the half-time interval after goals from Leandro Goncalves do Amaral and Maycon Ferreira de Almeida, but David Porcher helped Britain to hit back with an impressive strike just three minutes after the break.
Crossen, 26, who suffered a stroke just three years ago, had a couple of frustrating moments throughout, but looked to be on good form with several shots on target. In the final moments, it looked as though Crossen could score the equaliser, only for the ball to fly over the cross bar.
Crossen formed part of the 2015 Cerebral Palsy World Championship team who secured qualification for these games with a 5th place.
Despite the national Football Associations blocking British teams from participating at the Olympic Games, football at the Paralympics has enjoyed a wealth of support, including a good luck message from England captain Wayne Rooney.
The preliminaries were always going to be a challenge for the British side, who not only have Brazil for company in a tough Pool A, but also Ireland and Paralympic champions Ukraine.
Great Britain will face Ukraine on Saturday 10th September (14.00 BST).

By mark

Mark is a sports commentator and journalist from Manchester. As a multi-sport commentator and former competitor, Mark works across a host of sports, most notably athletics, swimming, cycling and equestrian. Currently at the Rio Paralympic Games, career highlights to date have been the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Mark is also Director of a Paparazzi PR, a communications agency covering the north of England. @mhaywardsport on Twitter. Www.markhaywardsport.wordpress.com