• United Arab Emirates off to a winning start in Group C
  • Haitham Mohamed scores two goals in the victory
  • UAE next game: vs Panama, Paraguay next game: vs Portugal, both on 30 April

Two goals from Haitham Mohamed helped United Arab Emirates to a 3-2 victory over Paraguay in their opening Group C match at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

Making their fifth appearance at beach soccer’s showpiece event, the UAE never allowed their South American opponents to get the edge in the day’s fourth and final match in Nassau.

After Haitham scored twice, Waleed Beshr struck the winner in the third period to seal all three points for the Middle Eastern nation.

Though they fell just short, Paraguay made the Friday evening kick-off a contest after Carlos Carballo scored twice in reply.