Argentina maintained their record of qualifying for every edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but only after the narrowest of margins with a penalty shoot-out victory over Ecuador on Sunday.

La Albiceleste appeared to comfortably be on track for passage to Portugal 2015 after racing to a 4-1 lead over Ecuador in their third-place play-off.

However, Ecuador roared back into contention to draw level at 4-4 and push the match into extra time.

No goals were scored during the added period forcing penalties. In contrast to eight-goal match, the penalty shoot-out contained just a single goal as Argentina’s Lucas Medero scored with a crucial strike.

Brazil and Paraguay collected passage to Portugal on Saturday by reaching the final, with the former winning the continental crown with an 8-3 win.

Argentina’s qualification completes the 16-team field for Portugal 2015 which will take place 9-19 July.