Brazil claim third to deny Tahiti further glory
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Brazil collected third place after a classic beach soccer contest ended in a penalty shoot-out victory over Tahiti, as the four-time world champs denied the brave hosts a final flourish to their remarkable campaign with a 7-7 draw.

The match see-sawed throughout and Tahiti cane from three goals down to eventually force penalties with the last touch of extra time.

Raimana Li Fung Kuee immediately proved his worth for Tahiti scoring 20 seconds into the contest, having missed the semi-final through suspension.

Bruno Xavier drew his side level with a fierce strike from a long-range free-kick midway through the opening period as the contest opened up.

Brazil’s Daniel dispossessed the otherwise excellent Tahiti goalkeeper Jonathan Torohia to put his side in front. However, Marama Amau equalised from the kick-off with a perfect low volley from the sideline.

But a great striker’s turn and finish from Andre left Brazil 3-2 to the good at the first interval.

When Eudin blazed home early in the second period, and then bagged another from long range to give the four-time winners a three-goal advantage, Tahiti’s task was starting to seem insurmountable.

Heimanu Taiarui pulled one back with a wonder strike from halfway with for the goal of the match.

Li Fung Kuee then scored with an audacious chip from a free-kick, only for Jorginho to reply from the kick-off to leave his side 6-4 in the ascendency at the second break.

There was a halt in the scoring until a close-range finish from captain Naea Bennett put Tahiti in touching distance with three minutes remaining.

Bruno Xavier was then sent off with a second caution and Tahiti were handed a massive opportunity to secure a famous comeback.

It was a chance they grasped with Taiarui finishing a stunning team move for a classic beach soccer strike and a candidate for goal of the tournament as regular time finished with six goals apiece.

However, Brazil’s Bruno managed to earn himself a free-kick and duly converted what seemed the winner.

There was to be more drama with Bennett powering in a back-post header with the last touch of the contest to force penalties.

Li Fung Kuee, of all people, missed with the first penalty and Jorginho comfortably dispatched the winner for Brazil.