MEXICO suffered a double jolt on the final day of the 2011 Homeless World Cup, beaten in both the men’s and women’s finals by an identical margin at the Stade de Liberte in Paris.
Scotland prevailed 4-3 over Mexico in a nerve-wracking final before a capacity crowd to win the cup for the second time after Kenya emerged triumphant in the women’s cup, edging out Mexico 4-3 in an enthralling final.
In the tournament’s side show, Haiti took home the women’s plate with a 10-2 win over France.
On the way to the final, Mexico pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the week by knocking out reigning champions Brazil 5-1 in the semi-finals to set up a title tilt with Scotland, 5-3 winners over Kenya.
In the play-off for third place, Brazil trounced Kenya 7-1.
In the classification battles, gallant Indonesia, making their first appearance in the event, came up with the best performance by an Asian side, even though they lost 4-4 to Chile in a penalty shootout.
Nigeria downed Ukraine 7-3 in the fight for fifth to eighth places.
In the second and third tier of the competition, Denmark took the City Cup with a 9-5 beating of USA, while India grabbed the Community Cup 7-5 at the expense of Belgium.
In a 19-goal thriller, Palestine got past Argentina 12-7 to lift the Host Cup in one of the event’s most memorable matches, while Russia claimed the Dignitary Cup, beating Poland 7-3.
The next Homeless World Cup will be hosted by Mexico in 2012.