Brazil lay down the law
© Foto-net

Not even five goals from Madjer could prevent Brazil from beating Portugal 10-7 to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007, where they will take on the winners of the France-Senegal tie.

Portugal's old guard could not have chosen a better time to show they were still alive and kicking. Madjer, Alan and Hernani turned on the style in a sensational opening and only a failure to convert more chances coupled with Brazil goalkeeper Mao's agility - prevented the Europeans from running away with the game. But Brazil are not the holders for nothing, and two goals from Sidney, a superlative Andre strike and Buru's smart finish took them into a 4-3 lead by the first interval.

Daniel quickly added a fifth. Three seconds later another Madjer bullet reduced the deficit, prompting Brazil to tighten things up and regain control. Bruno then took the lead to 6-4, although Mao had to be alert to keep it that way.

When Andre added a seventh at the start of the final period, the contest looked as good as over. But still Madjer was not finished. Another fierce shot and a sublime overhead kick brought the Portuguese to within a goal of the champions. Daniel calmed fraying Brazilian nerves with goal number eight only for that man Madjer to notch his fifth of the afternoon.

The Auriverde fans were jumping when Buru made it 9-7 moments later, however, and the party got into full swing when he completed the scoring in the final minute.