Peerless Brazil retain crown
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Hosts Brazil produced a near-perfect team performance to halt Mexico in their tracks with a comprehensive 8-2 win and lift the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the second year running.

Mexico made their tactics clear from the off, building up patiently from the back. The favourites had done their homework, though, forcing dangerman Ricardo Villalobos to play with his back to goal and the equally lethal Morgan Plata out onto the flanks.

Despite seeing less of the ball, it was Brazil who had the cutting edge, an early Benjamin shot and free-kicks from Sidney and Buru bringing tumbling saves out of Miguel Estrada. Nevertheless, the Mexican shotstopper had no answer to Andre's subtle finish from Daniel's fine pass as the hosts took the lead, a lead that was doubled minutes later when Bruno shot home on the turn.

The pace of the game increased after the first interval. Benjamin's spot-kick put the South Americans three up, only for Villalobos to open Mexico's account straight from the kick-off. But any momentum the underdogs may have had evaporated when Mao kept out Oscar Gonzalez's penalty, a miss that was punished further when Bruno and Buru crashed home free-kicks to put the game out of Mexico's reach at 5-1.

Betinho, Andre and Junior Negao extended the lead even further before the brave Aztecas, beaten but unbowed, grabbed a deserved late consolation goal. The day and the trophy belonged unquestionably to the magnificent Brazilians however.