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8 September 2012

Game 14 Recap: FRA vs SWE

Most games here at the London 2012 Paralympics have been wheelchair rugby. This one, however, was pure murderball. In a throwback to the sport's grittier origins, Sweden and France engaged in a hard-hitting, high-fouling match that saw several spectacular crashes and two flagrant fouls. Though many expected Sweden to come away with an easy victory, France wasn't going down without a fight. The lead see-sawed throughout the first three quarters as all the bashing and crashing produced tunovers and minutes in the penalty box. The game's brutality, however, eventually began to wear on French star Ryadh Sallem, who received the bulk of the blows. The game began to slip away and the inexperienced French team were unable to regain momentum. Sweden wound up winning 58-48 in a game that was much closer than the score suggested. While fans of the sport cheered loudly at all the high contact, Sweden paid a heavy price for their tactic. Per-Johan Uhlmann has been suspended from tonight's game versus Great Britain for receiving his second flagrant foul in a tournament.