Admin November 22, 2019

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.

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Saturday November 23

USA – Japan (17:50 local time)

Paraguay – Switzerland (21:00 local time)