Mexico hold nerve to advance
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After a helping hand earlier in the day from Brazil, Mexico then did whjat they had to do by beating the Solomon Islands 6-3 to book a quarter-final berth in their maiden appearance at the FIFA Beach Soccer World. Next up for the Mexicans are European giants Spain.

Knowing their fate was in their own hands after Russia's earlier defeat, El Tri went at their opponents from the off, only to be rocked back on their heels by a swift early strike by James Naka. Despite going behind, the Aztecas kept their composure, continued to move the ball quickly and were duly rewarded with the equaliser from Gustavo Rosales.

Mexico's attacking efforts continued to reap rewards in the second period, with strikes from Morgan Plata and again Rosales, this time from a free kick, opening up a two-goal lead. Mexico then had keeper Miguel Estrada to thank for maintaining their advantage on several occasions, but he could do little to prevent Naka from grabbing his second to set up a thrilling last third.

It was then that El Tri came into their own with further strikes from Ricardo Villalobos, Platas and Alejandro Pozos, putting the seal on a historic 6-3 win and quarter-final qualification.