In a lacklustre display, Brazil edged past Japan 3-2 at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in their final Group D match. With the Brazilians already through to the next round and Japan headed for home, the South Americans found themselves twice behind only to rebound with two quickfire goals in the final period to seal the win.
Japan quickly capitalised on a sluggish opening from the Brazilians, who had already stamped their place atop the group, scoring through Shusei Yamuchi to open the first period. However, Andre was able to pull one back for Brazil, lobbing the ball over Japanese goalkeeper Shingo Terukina.
Unwilling to drop the final match of the group phase, Brazil upped the pressure in the third period and took less than one minute to find an equaliser. Benjamin, with only Terukina to beat, coolly chipped home to level the score before combining with Andre, who scored his second just two minutes later with a fine volley.
While the Japanese exit at the first hurdle, Brazil now wait to learn their last-eight opponent as Tahiti take on Nigeria in a do-or-die match.