Five battling to join Portugal
The situation in Group A ahead of Monday's clash between the hosts and Switzerland could hardly be more exciting. While the winners can look forward to a place in the quarter-finals, the losers face an anxious wait for the outcome of the group's other match between Iran and Senegal. Italy have already proved they can handle the pressure in two penalty shoot-out victories so far, and they will be further buoyed by the vociferous home support at the Stadio del Mare.
In Group A's other match, Senegal take on Iran knowing that victory in normal time will ensure their progression to the last eight. Meanwhile the Iranians, already out of the tournament, are determined to finish on a high after losing their opening two matches.
With Portugal already through to the quarters thanks to two convincing victories over El Salvador and Argentina, Madjer and Co can enjoy themselves in their final Group B clash against Oman, who also play without pressure having already been eliminated from the tournament.
The group's second match promises to provide a real spectacle as Argentina and El Salvador go head to head for the group's one remaining last-eight spot. Having each won one and lost one so far, both sides know only the winner can progress to the next round, while the loser will be left to pack their bags in preparation for an early flight home.
After recording their first-ever victory at a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup against Oman on Saturday, El Salvador are hopeful they can write another new chapter in the tournament's history by reaching the quarter-finals for the very first time.
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The fact that Italy are in pole position to reach the quarter-finals is largely down to Paolo Palmacci. The 27-year-old netted two dramatic late goals in the victory against Senegal and will again be crucial to the hosts' hopes of success in their showdown with the Swiss.
4 - Switzerland's Valentin Jaeggy became only the fourth goalkeeper to score a goal in the history of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup when he netted against Iran. He follows in the footsteps of Hamed Ghorbanpour (Iran, 2007), Fred Hale (Solomon Islands, 2007 and 2009) and Pierre Cazassus (USA, 2005).
"We've prepared very intensively for this World Cup and we knew that if we focused on the task in hand, we could beat sides like El Salvador and Argentina convincingly. However, we also know that the most important victories are celebrated in the second week of the tournament," Portugal pivot Madjer.