It turned out to be a red-letter day for Spain as they beat neighbours Portugal 4-2, becoming the first side to check into the quarter-finals at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007.

It was the Lusitanians who got off to the faster start, with Alan and Hernani both going close. When the Spanish finally managed to break the shackles midway through the first period their finishing let them down. At the start of the middle period, though, Amarelle put that right when he headed in Nico's cross.

Despite seeing plenty of the ball Portugal were made to pay for their profligacy when a Javi Torres spot kick and a Javi Alvarez free kick helped Spain stretch their advantage.

Bilro pulled one back with a free kick just before the second interval before Madjer brought the Portuguese right back into it when he notched in the final period. Jose Mateus' side had further chances to pull level, but a combination of wayward finishing and Nico's fine goalkeeping helped Spain keep their old rivals at bay until Nico put the cherry on the cake in the dying seconds.