El Salvador captain Agustin Ruiz celebrates with teammates after scoring in a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup game against Netherlands on September 21, 2013, in Papeete, Tahiti. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
PAPEETE, Tahiti – Agustin Ruiz scored two goals and El Salvador posted a convincing 5-1 win over the Netherlands on Saturday in the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup at To’ata Stadium.
The Salvadorans, competing in the FIFA event for a fourth consecutive time, are tied for second place in Group B with Solomon Islands on three points each. The two sides will meet on Tuesday to decide which will join first-place Argentina in the quarterfinals.
In an explosive 21-second span during the first period, El Salvador and the Netherlands combined for three goals. Ruiz gave the Central Americans a 1-0 lead at the 6:03 mark after the Dutch could not clear from near their own goalmouth.
Just three seconds later, a cleverly worked free kick saw Matthijs Van Gessel net with his left foot for the Netherlands’ first goal of the competition.
Shortly afterwards, Frank Velasquez scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, holding up the ball, before sneaking a left-footed shot inside the right post.
Tomas Hernandez gave El Salvador a 3-1 lead in the 22nd minute, while Ruiz completed his brace a penalty kick in the 33rd.
Jose Batres closed the Cuscatlecos’ goal account with slightly less than two minutes remaining in regulation time.