Amarelle shows Spain the way
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Led by an inspired Amarelle, Spain made a bright start to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007, seeing off USA 8-4 in their opening Group B encounter.

With the pressure all on the Spanish, the North Americans made a carefree start and carved out the first two chances of the game. The men in red stole into an early lead, though, thanks to a sublime scissor kick from Nico. Undeterred, the Stars and Stripes hit back just before the first interval when Raphael Xexeo pounced on a loose ball following a free kick to level the scores.

It was an end-to-end affair after the restart, and once Amarelle had roused himself Spain surged ahead. The Galician front man set up Ivan Rumbo first of all then scored his first of the afternoon to help his side into a commanding 4-2 lead by the second break.

Roberto Ceciliano's side were not done yet, however, and two goals in a minute made it 4-4, Mario Chimenti grabbing the equaliser with a subtle finish. Xexeo's dismissal for a fierce tackle on Nico, which was penalised even further when Nico picked himself up to fire home, spelt the end for the plucky Americans. As the clock ran down Alvarez added his second before a couple of Amarelle specials capped a perfect start for the Iberians.