Wilber Alvarado of El Salvador (right) is challenged by Argentina's Miguel De Ezeyza during their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup match at the To'ata Stadium on September 19, 2013, in Papeete, Tahiti. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, Tahiti – El Salvador fell behind early and dropped a 4-1 decision to Argentina in the Group B opener for both on Thursday in the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup at To’ata Stadium.
The Salvadorans, who are competing in the FIFA event for a fourth consecutive time, conceded two goals within the first five minutes.
At the end of the third minute, Cesar Leguizamon lashed home after a mishit bicycle kick by teammate Jonathan Leviscored on a bicycle kick, and the skillful Federico Hilaire struck 79 seconds later to give the South American champion an early 2-0 lead.
For Hilaire, it was his record 17th goal for Argentina.
Miguel De Ezeyza made it 3-0 for the South American champions 32 seconds into the second period, heading home directly from a throw-in.
Elmer Robles put El Salvador on the scoreboard midway through the second period, but Lucas Medero ended any hopes of a comeback with an long-distance tally early in the third.
The Cuscatlecos will look to bounce back Saturday against Netherlands, while Argentina faces Solomon Islands. Both matches will be at To’ata Stadium.
NOTES: El Salvador defeated Argentina, 4-3, in the last Group B game at the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Italy…El Salvador also lost its opener in the 2011 FIFA event, 11-2, to Portugal.