Brazil at a canter
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The home fans were beaming after Brazil made a typically flamboyant start to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007, sweeping aside the Solomon Islands with irrepressible style.

Not surprisingly, Solomon Islands keeper Fred Hale was covered in sand before the match was even a minute old, Junior Negao setting the tone with a delicious bicycle kick that skimmed the crossbar. It was Buru who opened the scoring with a precise strike, and a full five minutes had elapsed before Mao got a feel of the ball, the Brazil keeper safely fielding Richard Anisua's free kick. For all their dominance, though, the Brazilians went in at the first break only two goals to the good.

Ironically, when the floodgates duly opened in the second period, the islanders produced their best football, forcing Mao into several tumbling saves and finally pulling a goal back through a Benjamin Mela free kick. The pattern remained unchanged in the final period, with the hosts adding another five goals to their tally and Solomons striker James Naka getting a cheer from the stands with a fine scissor kick.