In their fourth-ever meeting at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, third-place contenders Portugal and Uruguay produced the highest scoring match in the history of the competition. The Iberians entered the match with a slightly better head-to-head record and extended that edge tonight, as Madjer struck again and again.
Coco and Madjer exchanged chances before Torres pounced on a defensive miscue to put Portugal ahead. He soon headed home another. Madjer had a long strike bounce over Bruno, before Coco quickly replied. Ze Maria converted his penalty before Ricar’s direct kick clipped the woodwork. Uruguay struck seconds into the second period, but their elation was brief, as Madjer hit back instantly. An own goal dampened spirits further.
Matias got one back for Uruguay, with a lovely drive from distance before Paulo Graca blocked a penalty. Coimbra was alert to tap in from close range before Ze Maria and then Madjer added more. Uruguay were not looking as relaxed or dangerous as Portugal and, though they added more, Portugal seemed to always have a response. And then some.
Portugal had already contested the match for third place on two previous occasions, edging Spain last year at Marseille 2008. On Jumeirah Beach tonight, they repeated the feat.