Brazil booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Futsal World Cup and maintained their 100 per cent record at the tournament with an eviscerating 16-0 victory over Panama in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Having squeezed through from Group B in third place, Panama found the Brazilians to be on another level and had no answer, with the victors now set to face Argentina in the last eight.
The second period proved a carbon copy of the first, Panama defending but Brazil bagging eight goals, with both Je and Ari claiming hat-tricks while Fernandinho, Rodrigo and Rafael each helped themselves to doubles.
The icing on the cake for Marcos Sorato’s side came with the return from injury of Falcao, who after receiving an ovation from the supporters in attendance wasted little time in adding his name to the scoresheet.
“Brazil showed a lot of respect for Panamá by playing seriously from beginning to end. I know Falcao is not 100 per cent fit yet, but the idea top play him today was for him to regain rhythm and lose any fears he still has over his injury. We can say it was a good day all around for us," Marcos Sorato, Brazil coach.
“I can’t say we are happy because of the way we lost, but of course we are leaving Thailand very satisfied. We arrived here with the aim of competing, and we proved we could do that. These players lived a dream by playing the defending champions and this will be an invaluable experience for them," Agustín Campuzando, Panama coach.