At your first ever match at a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, why not start as you mean to go on? Senegal proved that they were quick learners, with a header from captain Malick Dieng and a penalty from Pape Koukpaki within the space of a minute giving the Lions a 2-0 lead that they would hold until the end of the first period. Keeper Al Seyni Ndiaye also played his part with a number of saves, including one from a penalty.

In the second period, the Japanese could still not find a way past Ndiaye, and Senegal increased their lead through a lovely header from Koukpaki. Maybe it was the appearance of the pom-pom girls during the break, but Japan certainly came out with more purpose for the final 12 minutes and Teruki Tabata looked to have reduced the deficit, but that man Ndiaye was again on hand to save the day.

A fourth Senegalese goal, this time from Gomis Mbengue, was the icing on the cake and gave the Lions a win in their first ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup match. Shusei Yamaushi notched a late consolation strike, but it was too little, too late for Japan.