Irresistible Portugal all but through
Portugal overwhelmed Solomon Islands 13-4 to effectively reach the quarter-finals. Madjer, Alan and Belchior scored five, four and three times respectively to propel the Europeans to victory in the joint-highest-scoring match in FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup history.
Portugal led 5-0 at the first break, but Solomon Islands, to their credit, refused to give up the fight and managed two goals of their own in the second, both courtesy of James Naka. The lively No10 completed his hat-trick in the third period, and Franco Nee also got on the score-sheet, but Henry Koto's side could not contain their opponents.
With six points, and a hugely-favourable goal difference, Portugal are now all but sure of a place in the last eight.