Jefinho scores sensational brace for Brazil in Paralympics

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Brazilian star of Paralympic five-a-side football Jefinho netted twice as the hosts beat China 2-1 on Thursday to advance to the gold medal match.

They will meet Iran in the big game in which Jefinho, otherwise known as 'The Paralympic Pele', will be seeking his third consecutive Olympic gold. 

The Iranians made the final after edging past Argentina 2-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in regulation time. 


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In their semi-final match, Brazil went a goal down thanks to Wang Yafeng's 14th-minute strike, but the hosts managed to fight back thanks to their main man Jefinho's wonder goal in the 20th-minute, which you can see in the video further down this article.

Intricate footwork and sublime touch allowed the 26-year-old to ghost through the previously stoic Chinese defence, and slot home into the bottom corner. 

He went on to score the winner with just five minutes gone in the second half, and will be hoping to add this gold to the one already won by the Men's Olympic team last month.  

His second goal was just as good as his first. After picking up the ball in his own half, he managed to dribble round one defender, before drawing three more in, only to fire the ball into the top corner past the helpless goalkeeper.

You can see Jefinho's brace in the video below.

Jefinho was born with Glaucoma and was fully blind by age seven, a full three years before he even learned how to play football.

A ten-year veteran of the team, his coach Fabio Vasconcelos had the following to say: "He's a unique player who has already been considered to be the best player in the world."

Of the Pele comparisons, Vasoncelos noted: "I did not see Pelé play, but he was a phenomenal player. I don't know if you can compare both of them, but for me, Jefinho is a phenomenal soccer player". 

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