2016: Lithuania and USA with clean record after the first day of the Pajulahti Games
Lithuania were by far the most impressive men’s team in the opening day of the Pajulahti Games goalball tournament. Lithuania scored at least ten goals in each of their matches beating Great Britain 10-3, Germany 12-2 and Turkey 13-3.
There doesn’t seem to be a team that could challenge Lithuania this year since Turkey lost two of their three matches and hosts Finland all three matches.
Finland, playing without injured Erkki Miinala and Petri Posio, lost to Sweden (3-4), Great Britain (2-5) and Germany (4-9). As they meet Turkey and Lithuania in their last group stage matches on Saturday, it seems unlikely Finland could still reach to semifinals on Saturday evening.
The reigning World Champion United States has been the sharpest team on women’s side of the tournament beating Turkey 5-4, Israel 10-1 and Finland 4-0. Turkey and Russia still have a word to say when it comes to winning the tournament, though.