El Salvador edge Solo from last-eight berth
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A virtuoso goalscoring display from Agustin Ruiz lifted El Salvador into the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup quarter-finals with the 7-6 win extinguishing Solomon Islands’ hopes of creating history.

It was a winner-takes-all scenario in unusually wet and cool conditions in Papeete, and the two teams turned in a stunning show of the sand-based game played in free-flowing fashion.

The Solomons were aiming to reach their maiden knockout stage in a FIFA tournament, which would also mean two OFC nations achieving the feat for the first time in the same tournament.

An end-to-end contest was dominated by the goalscoring heroics of El Salvador captain Agustin Ruiz who scored five, while Solomon IslandsNicholas Muri bagged a treble.

Ruiz had his side 2-1 to the good by the end of the first period, and his remarkable shooting helped his side move 4-2 ahead, only for Nicholas Muri to almost single-handedly draw his side level by the end of the middle period.

El Salvador again moved clear and it proved a gap that was too far to bridge for Solomons who fell narrowly short of achieving a new milestone.

The result lifts El Salvador, who finished fourth at Ravenna 2011, into a quarter-final meeting against Spain.