Portugal just barely edged Senegal in a penalty shoot-out after their scintillating quarter-final match finished tangled at 4-4 in Ravenna, Italy at the 2011 Beach Soccer World Cup. Portugal, who were heavy favourites going into their first knockout-round contest, had the fright of their lives as the West Africans came within seconds and inches of booking their place in the semi-finals.
Senegal opened the scoring through Pape Koukpaki in the fourth minute of the game, but Portuguese danger-man Madjer brought the Europeans level with an amazing goal direct from the restart. His partner in crime, Belchior, then made it 2-1 and Torres added another before the end of the opening period with an absolute wonder-strike.
The Africans clawed their way back into the match in the second period, Ngalla Sylla making it 3-2 from the penalty spot before he drew level from the run of play a few seconds later. Portugal finished the period in the ascendancy, though, with Jordan scoring to make it 4-3.
The Senegalese drew level in the third period thanks to another spot-kick from Libasse Diagne, and although the Africans had chances to win the game, a penalty shootout was needed. The Portuguese, who finished top of their group and must now be considered odds-on favourites for the title, kept their nerve to win out after Cheick Ba missed his kick for the African side.
While Senegal head for home, Portugal will play the winner of the Brazil-Nigeria quarter-final in the last four.