D-day for last-eight aspirants
The last call for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Marseille 2008 quarter-finals will sound on Tuesday, when six teams will compete for three places. A winner-takes-all contest in Group C will send one team through to the knockout phase and another home, while all four sides in Group D are in with a chance of progression. FIFA.com takes closer look.
It is all or nothing for United Arab Emirates and Russia. The winners of their final first-phase game will finish as runners-up in Group C and progress to the quarter-finals; the losers will go home. Their meeting will be a classic battle between free-scorers and defensive specialists. Indeed, only Portugal and Uruguay scored more goals in their first two matches than the UAE, while only Brazil and Spain conceded less than Nikolai Pisarev's team, who kept only the third clean sheet in FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup history last time out. Andrey Bukhlitskiy was the goalkeeper responsible for this shutout, and he will now strive to frustrate the dangerous Bakhit Alabadla.
The other games
Cameroon are unable to escape the foot of their pool, but they will be determined to sign off on a high note against Argentina, who have already guaranteed themselves top spot. Spain and Japan will be first up in Group D. The Asians require three points to have any chance of staying alive in the competition, while the Europeans will be eager to win to pile the pressure on Mexico, who would then have to beat group leaders Brazil in a repeat of last year's final to have any chance of advancing. The Seleção, for their part, can afford a three-goal defeat by the Aztecas and still qualify.
Players to watch
Brazil's Buru and Ricardo Villalobos of Mexico were both on target in the Rio de Janeiro 2007 final, and they will both attempt to inspire their countries into the knockout phase in Marseille.
What they said
"We already slipped up against Brazil in our first match, and that meant we couldn't lose any more games. Beating Mexico was very important to us and we're satisfied. But we still have work to do and we will not underestimate Japan," Amarelle, Spain player.
The full schedule
United Arab Emirates-Russia (14.45)