More evenly contested than some of its predecessors, the sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup proved an engrossing event, ending with the tactically astute Russians deposing mighty Brazil.
Hosts Italy are through to the quarter-finals, where they are joined by Senegal and surprise package El Salvador. FIFA.com reviews another thrilling day in Ravenna.
El Salvador clinched a first-ever appearance in the quarter-finals at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, defeating Argentina 4-3 in a do-or-die match.
Monday's matches at Ravenna 2011 will determine which teams from Groups A and B join Portugal in the quarter-finals and which will face an early trip home.
The third day of action in Ravenna/Italy proved particularly positive for European nations as Italy, Portugal and Switzerland all recorded wins, while El Salvador earned a historic victory.
Portugal found their way past a sturdy Argentinian defence to seal a convincing 5-0 victory for a second win in as many matches at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.