USA finished their 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign with an action-packed 6-4 win over United Arab Emirates.
Tahiti and Spain had already secured qualification from Group A making this match - played in unusually wet and cool conditions - the only dead-rubber in the final matchday of the group stage.
USA were unlucky to be edged out in extra time against Tahiti in their previous outing, while UAE fell 5-2 to Spain.
The contest was duly an open affair, with the pair exchanging two goals apiece in the opening third.
USA took a 4-2 lead via the same two goalscorers, with Nick Perera and Alessandro Canale each grabbing a second.
The third period commenced with Perera notching his treble, while Hasan Alhammadi pulled a goal back almost immediately with his second.
UAE goalkeeper Abbas Hussain edged UAE closer hitting one of the most spectacular long-range strikes of the tournament.
Jason Leopoldo matched that by delivering a perfectly executed and extravagant bicycle kick to restore the two-goal margin and give the Americans more breathing space.
It was USA’s first win since their last tournament appearance in 2007 leaving them in third ahead of their rivals.