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Oman, Japan bound for the beach

(FIFA.com)
Action photo of the game Japan vs China (5-0) at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2015 AFC Qualifier played in Qatar, March 25, 2015. Photo: Lea Weil/beachsoccer.com

Oman and Japan booked their spots at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 on Friday after winning their respective semi-finals at the 2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship in Doha, Qatar.

Oman edged Lebanon in a nine-goal thriller, winning in overtime after the game finished 4-4 at the end of regulation. Japan won an equally intense encounter with Iran, by the same 5-4 scoreline even, though overtime was not required.

Japan, who have won the AFC Beach Soccer Championship twice before, will feature in their eighth global competition this summer. Portugal 2015 will be Oman's second appearance at the Beach Soccer World Cup. The two teams will face each other in the final of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Lebanon and Iran will square off in the match for third place, with the winner earning the final Asian spot at this summer's Beach Soccer World Cup.

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