• Takasuke Goto stars in stunning five-goal performance
  • Teruki Tabata makes 100th appearance for Japan beach soccer national team
  • Japan next game: vs Tahiti, Poland next game: vs Brazil, both on 30 April

Japan, the competition's ninth most successful nation of all time, put on one of the most impressive performances so far in the Bahamas with a 9-4 win over European champions Poland in Group D.

Takasuke Goto, who was the Asian Beach Soccer Championship's second-highest scorer with 11 goals, got Japan's Bahamas 2017 campaign off to a thrilling start with two overhead kick goals in the opening interval. 

Japan never took their foot off the pedal, as they stormed to a 7-2 lead after the first two periods.

With the 9-4 win, the result matches Japan's greatest margin of victory in their Beach Soccer World Cup history.