Argentina collect final ticket to Portugal 2015(FIFA.com) 26 Apr 2015

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.

41 days to go(FIFA.com) 26 Apr 2015

41 days to go(FIFA.com) 26 Apr 2015

Norway have conceded 41 goals over the 31 matches the Scandinavian side have competed in during their six previous FIFA Women’s World Cup™ competitions, which results in an average of 1.32 goals conceded per game.

This summer, Even Pellerud’s side face Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and Thailand in Group B, where they will see if they can drop that average as Norway chase a second world title.

Brazil & Paraguay heading to Portugal(FIFA.com) 25 Apr 2015

Brazil & Paraguay heading to Portugal(FIFA.com) 25 Apr 2015

Brazil and Paraguay booked their tickets to the 2015 Beach Soccer World Cup by reaching the final of the South American qualifying tournament in Manta, Ecuador.

The Canarinho sealed their passage in emphatic style, with a resounding 14-1 win over hosts Ecuador in the semi-final to progress. Fernando DDI, Sydney, Daniel, Datinha, Mauricinho and Bruno Xavier were among the scorers as the four-times Beach Soccer world champions strolled through.

The other semi-final was a tighter affair, but Paraguay sealed a victory over Argentina which will see them begin to make their preparations for Portugal. The Rojiblancos went 2-0 up before the Albiceleste pulled one back. It served to be a consolation though, as the Paraguayans stretched their advantage, finishing with a 4-1 victory.

Argentina and Ecuador will play-off for the final Beach Soccer World Cup place on Sunday, with Brazil and Paraguay meeting to determine the victor of the qualifying tournament.

Brazil & Paraguay heading to Portugal(FIFA.com) 25 Apr 2015

Brazil & Paraguay heading to Portugal(FIFA.com) 25 Apr 2015

Brazil and Paraguay booked their tickets to the 2015 Beach Soccer World Cup by reaching the final of the South American qualifying tournament in Manta, Ecuador.

The Canarinho sealed their passage in emphatic style, with a resounding 14-1 win over hosts Ecuador in the semi-final to progress. Fernando DDI, Sydney, Daniel, Datinha, Mauricinho and Bruno Xavier were among the scorers as the four-times Beach Soccer world champions strolled through.

The other semi-final was a tighter affair, but Paraguay sealed a victory over Argentina which will see them begin to make their preparations for Portugal. The Rojiblancos went 2-0 up before the Albiceleste pulled one back. It served to be a consolation though, as the Paraguayans stretched their advantage, finishing with a 4-1 victory.

Argentina and Ecuador will play-off for the final Beach Soccer World Cup place on Sunday, with Brazil and Paraguay meeting to determine the victor of the qualifying tournament.

Brazil & Paraguay heading to Portugal(FIFA.com) 25 Apr 2015

Brazil and Paraguay booked their tickets to the 2015 Beach Soccer World Cup by reaching the final of the South American qualifying tournament in Manta, Ecuador.

The Canarinho sealed their passage in emphatic style, with a resounding 14-1 win over hosts Ecuador in the semi-final to progress. Fernando DDI, Sydney, Daniel, Datinha, Mauricinho and Bruno Xavier were among the scorers as the four-times Beach Soccer world champions strolled through.

The other semi-final was a tighter affair, but Paraguay sealed a victory over Argentina which will see them begin to make their preparations for Portugal. The Rojiblancos went 2-0 up before the Albiceleste pulled one back. It served to be a consolation though, as the Paraguayans stretched their advantage, finishing with a 4-1 victory.

Argentina and Ecuador will play-off for the final Beach Soccer World Cup place on Sunday, with Brazil and Paraguay meeting to determine the victor of the qualifying tournament.