Wednesday, 18 November 2009 8:21 AM

UAE Defeats SI 7-1

After a dream start to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai the Solomon Islands succumbed to a hugely determined United Arab Emirates side going down 7-1.

Desperate for three points after a heart-breaking loss to Portugal on day one, UAE struck moments into the match to signal their intentions. With a strong crowd of supporters behind them UAE gained the upper hand from the start.

Karim Albalooshi was the goal-getter and he struck again soon after Solomon Islands' goalkeeper Fred Hale had slipped a long shot under UAE goalkeeper Abbas Hussain.
UAE continued to test their luck as the first period drew to a close, sending a number of well-taken shots on goal.

And with just twelve seconds gone in the second period, Ibrahim Albalooshi put one in for UAE. Crafty forays forward followed from both sides, before Bakhit Alabadla and then Rami Al Mesaabi added a couple more for UAE.

UAE face Uruguay today as the group stages draw to a close, while Solomon Islands have the unpleasant task of contending with a Portugal side eager for another win.

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