A last-gasp goal from Vladislav Shayakhmetov gave Russia a 5-4 win over Paraguay at the Gimnasio Nilson Nelsen in a topsy turvy encounter.

It was a game dominated by two hat-tricks. Pula thought that he may have sealed the points for Russia when he wrapped up his treble in the 35th minute and Fabio Alcaraz may have thought that he had earned his side a share of the spoils with a 39th minute goal, but in the end it was Shayakhmetov's late, late strike which decided the game's fate.

It was the Europeans who made the brightest start, going 2-0 up inside the opening 19 minutes. Pula put his side ahead in the eighth minute and Shayakhmetov doubling his side advantage 11 minutes later.

But Paraguay came back strongly hitting three goals without reply, firstly through a Jose Rotella penalty and then through Alcaraz.

Pula levelled matters and then put his side ahead before Alcaraz made it 4-4. But with half a second on the clock, Shayakhmetov hit the winner.