Japan exit FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup after loss to Brazil
Nassau: Japan exited the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on Tuesday (local time) following a hefty 9-3 defeat at the hands of Brazil.
The result sees the Japanese finish their campaign third in Group D, some six points behind table-topping Brazil who go through to the knockout phase along with second-placed Tahiti.
Knowing that only a win would be good enough to book a ticket through to the last eight, strikes from Takaaki Oba and Takasuke Goto, as well as a Bokhina own goal, had given the East Asians a degree of hope at the National Beach Soccer Arena in Nassau.
However, with the exceptional Rodrigo bagging five goals, four-time champions Brazil eventually powered away from their Asian opponents to seal a spot in the quarter-finals.
Brazil: GOTO 4'11" OG, RODRIGO 5'41", 16'05", 22'30", 27'37", 35'54'', MAURICINHO 19'17", 34'17", CATARINO 20'35"
Japan: OBA 9'32", GOTO 11'32", R. BOKINHA 21'07" OG
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