Uruguay back on course
Uruguay must have been feeling nervous heading into this crunch Group C match at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2006. Their narrow 5-4 defeat to Portugal two days ago meant the South Americans needed a win, and they responded with an emphatic 10-5 triumph. Another victory over Cameroon in their last group match and Venancio Ramos' men will be through to the last eight.
'We knew this match would give us an opportunity to bounce back," said the Uruguayan coach after the match. "We started well before taking our foot off the pedal due to our advantage. Our destiny is in our hands and I think our quality will make the difference."
Uruguay came out all guns blazing, putting Solomon Islands' keeper Fred Hale under immediate pressure. He was soon picking the ball out of the net too, after a close-range effort from Coco. The game was more even thereafter, and it was not until six seconds before the end of the first period that Miguel Aguirre doubled the Celeste's lead.
Uruguay gradually built on that advantage in the second period. Henry Koto and Sylvester Rogy each bagged a goal for the island side, but as the match went into the final twelve minutes the score was already 6-2.
Things were not to get any easier for the Bilikiki Boys. Defending deep, they only invited the South Americans onto them and despite another three consolation goals, Eddie Omokirio's men let in another four and found themselves on the end of a 10-5 scoreline by the end.
'Our positioning was sometimes at fault and we found it hard to defend some of the Uruguayan moves," said Omokirio. "But we're not out of it yet. Everything is possible in sport and we can beat Portugal.''
Referees: Antonio Buaiz (BRA), Francisco Sarmiento (ESP), Zondo Thabani (RSA)