Champs Russia end Paraguay hopes
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Reigning world champions Russia have moved into the quarter-finals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the fourth successive time after ending their Group D campaign with hard-fought 4-3 extra-time win over Paraguay.

The result ended the ambitions of the South Americans, with Japan taking second spot and Russia remaining at the summit.

Paraguay needed a win to qualify but were behind almost from the start when the influential Anatoliy Peremitin opened the scoring in just the second minute with a hard low drive.

The well-organised and powerful Russian side went further ahead when Alexey Makarov extended the lead from the penalty spot at the start of the second period.

Dimitrii Shishin made it three midway through the second period and the world champions were seemingly in control.

Paraguay pushed desperately looking for goals and created a few chances, including striking the post, before pulling a goal back through Sebastian Amarilla.

They then made for a tense finale with another goal from a Pedro Moran free-kick after some intense pressure.

Russia’s cause was dented by the dismissal of Alexey Makarov, with Moran scoring the resultant penalty with seven seconds remaining for extra time.

Extra time meant Paraguay would fall behind second-placed Japan on head-to-head regardless of the final result.

Regardless, Shishin’s extra-time strike proved to be the winner for Russia.