Brazil and Mexico roar into final
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THE DAY REPLAYED. Mexico and Brazil chalked up commanding wins over Uruguay and France respectively and will fight it out in the final of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007, while the consolation of the third-place match awaits the losers.

Mexico's fairy tales runs on
Ramon Raya's Mexico just keep on going. Their victims on Saturday were 2006 runners-up Uruguay, who were overpowered 5-2 as El Tri surged into the final at their very first attempt. And while Morgan Plata stole the headlines with a four-goal burst, this was yet another solid team effort from the boys in green, who are getting better with each game and have the self-belief to go all the way to glory.

Uruguay went down the only way they know, their safety-first game ultimately backfiring on them but. Even so, a second consecutive appearance in the semis is no mean achievement.

The belief of champions
Two seconds. That was all the time it took Brazil to equalise France's improbably quick opener en route to a comfortable 6-2 triumph. Once again Buru was Brazil's standard bearer, scoring two goals to put Les Bleus firmly back in their place before braces from Bruno and Betinho rounded off another handsome win for the defending champions.

Player of the day
Morgan Plata was on fire for Mexico, contributing four goals in their victory over Uruguay and taking his tournament tally to 8. The adidas Golden Shoe could be his come Sunday.

The numbers game
- the number of seconds it took France's Sebastien Perez to open the scoring against Brazil, the quickest goal in the tournament's history.

What they said
I'm a realist and I never thought we could make the final - Ramon Raya, Mexico coach.

Coming up
Mexico have a big question to answer on Sunday. Have they got what it takes to finish on the highest of notes by exacting revenge for defeat to Brazil in the group phase and lifting the trophy?