RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Spain scored four straight goals to defeat the United States 8-4 on Friday, the opening day of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Spain led 4-2 midway through the game when Jevin Albuquerque and Mario Chimienti scored 34 seconds apart to tie it. But Spain answered with four goals in just over three minutes, capped by a pair from Amarelle only 19 seconds apart.
Defending champion Brazil, which has won 10 of the 12 championships staged annually since 1995, also got off to a strong start, trouncing the Solomon Islands 11-2.
Junior Negao set the tone early with a bicycle kick in the game's first minute that just skimmed the cross bar. Less than 30 seconds later, Buru opened the scoring with a precise strike out of the range of Solomon Islands keeper John Hale.
Portugal, which won the title in 2001, beat Iran 1-0 in penalties after playing to a 3-3 tie in regular time.
Mexico beat Russia 2-1 in penalties after tying 2-2.