It's golden glory for Poland's as women's football team become European champions.
Poland’s women’s team stormed to glory in the European Deaf Futsal Championship in Tampere, Finland beating Germany 6-5 in a dramatic final.
Wiktoria Aumiiler, who netted the winner, wrote on Facebook: “We went through the whole tournament like a storm, we did not lose a single match!!! Most importantly, we did not lose the final match, which was very difficult. Losing 5-3 with Germany, we manage to reverse the result and win 6-5. I'm so proud!!!”
The final match against Germany was indeed the hardest game for the Polish side, with their opponents leading 5-3 with just five minutes to go. Coach Aleksander Opaczewski decided to take off the goalkeeper and replace her with an attacking player, Joanna Kaczmarczyk. The gamble paid off with the team scoring a last-minute equaliser before going onto win 6-5 in extra time.
With 20 goals, Agnieszka Boćkowska took home the title of the top scorer, while her teammate Marta Kaczmarczyk was chosen as one of five best players of the entire tournament.
“We left a lot of health and heart on the pitch,” said Aumiiler. “Each of us played perfectly. We showed how strong a team we are, and that we can fight in the international arena without shame. In the whole tournament, I scored five goals. The one that makes me happiest is the goal scored in the final when the score was 5-5, making us European Champions. It is definitely the goal of my life so far.”
The Polish team displayed much-needed consistency throughout the tournament, defeating the hosts Finland, as well as Sweden and France in the group stages, and advancing as group winners. In the quarter finals they met the formidable Russians, who were the defending champions, but the Russian team was blown away in 12-2 thrashing at the hands of the Poles.
In the semi-final Poland brushed aside Spain in a comfortable 3-1 victory.
“We won the gold medal deservedly,” concluded Aumiiler. “The title of European champion goes to Poland. Now it's time for a little rest and then we’ll fight on. This is just the beginning, the next step, and many more successes ahead of me. I am happy to do what I love.”