Argentina keep hopes alive
A 4-2 win over United Arab Emirates kept Argentina firmly in the hunt for a ticket to the last eight of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2007. The defeat leaves the AFC outfit with virtually no chance of progressing.
Although a win was essential for both teams, it was Argentina who pressed harder from the kick-off and it came as no surprise when Federico Hilaire headed them into the lead. The Middle Eastern side quickly drew level when Marcelo Salgueiro was powerless to prevent Rami Al Mesaabi's long-range free kick from flying in.
The South Americans continued to dominate but could find no way past Mohamed Al Mazam until a spectacular Facundo Minici overhead kick put them back in the lead, Gustavo Casado then adding another with a smart free kick. Marcelo Mendes' men were not done yet, though, with Qambar Sadeqi lashing home another free kick to cut the deficit.
Federico Hilaire's struck with his second goal early in the third period to put the game out of reach, and although UAE caused the odd flutter in the dying stages, the points were Argentina's.