A goal in the final second allowed FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup veterans Japan to defeat Paraguay 5-4 as the host nation made their tournament debut in an all-time classic contest on Thursday.
The home side pulled back from 4-1 down, only for Takuya Akaguma to celebrate his 30th birthday in style with a perfect last-gasp header to complete a brace.
Japan’s Ozu Moreira also scored a double, including a barely-believable long-range free-kick, as did Paraguay’s Carlos Carballo.
Saturday November 23
USA – Japan (17:50 local time)
Paraguay – Switzerland (21:00 local time)