Argentina overcame Senegal 4-3 to get their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign off to a positive start.
Ibrahima Balde capitalised upon a Dardo Cortes fumble to fire the Africans ahead, but goals from Luciano Franceschini and Federico Hilaire sent the South Americans in ahead at the first break.
Second-period efforts from Luciano Sirico and Facundo Minici seemingly put the game beyond Senegal’s reach.
However, Ibrahima Ndiaye’s team pulled one back 33 seconds into the final 12 minutes through Balde, before Papa Ndour reduced the Argentinians’ lead to 4-3 with less than a minute remaining.
It proved too little, too late, though, and Gustavo Casado’s duly moved level on points with Group A leaders Portugal, who beat Japan 4-2.