Uruguay scrape through
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Suffering was the name of the game as Uruguay eked out a precious 3-2 victory against Japan to earn a place in quarter-finals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007. Waiting for them there are Nigeria.

Seven seconds were all it took for the South Americans to grab the all-important opening goal courtesy of Parrillo. Not that the early strike settled their nerves, Shusei Yamauchi heightening the Uruguayans' edginess when he levelled the scores.

The first interval came as some relief for Venancio Ramos' side, but when Takashi Arakaki gave the men from the Far East the lead with a somewhat fortuitous finish, the pressure was well and truly on. Captain and goalkeeper Diego kept them in the frame with two magnificent stops, while at the other end Shingo Terukina proved his equal with a brace of fine saves.

The final period saw Uruguay lay siege to the Japanese goal and after two gilt-edged chances went begging, Ricar's subtle finish and a Pampero tap-in gave them the three points they had been so desperately looking for.