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Summary

Belchior bags top spot for Portugal

Belchior completed his hat-trick in extra time to earn Portugal a 5-4 win over Italy in the battle to go through to the last eight as group winners.

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Line-up

1
1
3
2
5
5
6
8
7
9

Substitute(s)

12
12
2
3
4
4
8
6
9
7
10
10
11
11

Coaches

Ze Miguel MATEUS (POR)
(ITA) Giancarlo MAGRINI

Officials

Referee: LOPEZ LOPEZ Juan (ESP)Second referee: IVANOV Petro (UKR)Third referee: BORISEVICS Eduards (LVA)Timekeeper: AGUIRREGARAY Carlos (URU)

Statistics

48Shots40
5Corner kicks3
5Overheads6
1Yellow cards0
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
54%Possession (%)46%
  • Portugal's Madjer competes against Italy's goalkeeper Germano Fabro in their group-phase...
  • Massimiliano Esposito of Italy view with Portugal's Beirao Sousa
  • Portugal and Italy pose before their group-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Belchior celebrates a goal for Portugal against Italy
  • Portugal's Tiago competes against Italy's Diego Maradona Jr in their group-phase match at Marseille 2008
  • Portugal's Beirao Sousa vies with Italy's Massimiliano Esposito

"We made a lot of individual mistakes in the second period. This won't happen in the quarter-finals because we will work to put this right. We fought hard to get the win. I've no preference who we play next - we will just try to beat every team in front of us to win the title," Ze Miguel, Portugal coach.

"It was a very difficult game. Portugal are the best team in Europe with quality player like Madjer and Belchior. Because we are the world champions at football, our fans expect us to become the world champions at beach soccer, so there's a lot of pressure on us. But that is our objective, to win the title," Diego Maradona Jr, Italy player.