Portugal extinguish American hopes
Portugal breezed past the United States (9-3) to take top spot in Group B. Their win means Japan take second place, with the Americans left pointless.
Despite the victory, Portugal coach Zé Miguel was circumspect after the game: "I'm satisfied overall with the performance of my players. Having said that, we could do better defensively. Conceding three goals is too many for my taste."
The Americans needed a win to keep their dreams of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive, and unsurprisingly the match started at a frenetic pace. Unfortunately for the underdogs, it was Portugal who looked the more menacing from the off, and the Europeans were soon 2-0 up with goals from Hernani and Alan.
By the end of the first period, that lead had been doubled as Madjer and Jonas put the Lusitanians out of sight (4-0). Portugal were then able to bring on some substitutes and rest a few of their regulars. Alan, Belchior and Madjer still managed to get on the scoresheet (7-0) before Chris scored a penalty to reduce the deficit (7-1).
The Seleçao's goal-getters Alan and Madjer were dangerous all game and it was the latter who edged ahead of his strike partner in the scoring table. Alan was the provider for Madjer's third (and fifth of the tournament) and Marinho, Benny and Francis rounded off the scoring (9-3).
"Since I've been in beach soccer, I've always known how good the Portuguese are," admitted U.S coach Roberto Ceciliano. "We had prepared for this game, but my boys just didn't come up with the goods today. I don't know why but that's sport and I accept it."
Referees: Carlos Robles (CHI), Alberto Magno (BRA), Evaldo Wellington (BAR).