26 Sep 2013

Sport: Plenty of support for Tahiti ahead of beach soccer quarters

10:11 am on 26 September 2013

Having already made history by becoming the first Oceania team to qualify for the knockout rounds at the Beach Soccer World Cup, hosts Tahiti have a chance to break further ground when they take on Argentina later today.

The Tiki Toa beat the South American champions in a pre-tournament friendly and, with his team out of the running, the Solomon Islands coach Gideon Omikirio says all of Oceania is supporting them.

"We are behind our brothers from Tahiti. We want them to go far in this tournament so that the world can see an Oceania country is capable of going into the finals. And also it's an opportunity to make FIFA or others know that we are capable of putting two teams into the World Cup."

In the other last eight match-ups, Brazil take on Japan, Spain meet El Salvador and defending champions Russia will face Iran.