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Perfect starts set up crunch group stage finale
Tahiti, Brazil, Iran and Russia pick up wins ahead of their final pool games in Dubai.
Both Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup groups will witness top-of-the-table clashes on Thursday after Tahiti, Brazil, Iran and Russia maintained their 100 per cent starts to the competition.
The top two in each group will advance to the semi-finals, with Thursday's final round of group games to decide the make-up of those matches.
Defending champions Russia turned in another dominant display in the final match of the day as they eventually broke down a stubborn USA side to win 9-3.
Hat-tricks from Makarov and Paporotnyi did the damage against a US side who had initially held firm to head into the first period level at 2-2.
The two-time world champions will take on Iran next, who were largely untroubled during their 4-1 win against Egypt.
A brace each from Ahmadzadeh and Mesigar gave Iran a cushion against the North African side, with Mohamed’s consolation unable to spark a comeback.
Former Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup champions Brazil were also made to work hard for their second win of the tournament as they edged a battling Poland 5-2.
Poland - the sport’s surprise package after winning the recent European FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier - were leading the 13-time world champions 2-1 late in the second period before Brazil showed their quality.
A double from Rodrigo helped finish off a Poland side lacking inspirational figure Saganowski, while elsehere in Group A Tahiti made it two wins from two with an assured 7-3 win against hosts UAE.
Angelo Schirinzi’s Tiki-Toa narrowly edged Poland 5-4 on the opening day but enjoyed an easier time of things against UAE, as Tepa’s hat-trick helped keep the home side at bay.
UAE 3-7 Tahiti
Brazil 5-2 Poland
Egypt 1-4 Iran
Russia 9-3 USA
USA v Egypt
Poland v UAE
Tahiti v Brazil
Iran v Russia
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