Portugal rout Cameroon

RIO DE JANEIRO - Striker Madjer scored six goals on Saturday to lead Portugal to a 10-3 demolition of Cameroon in Fifa's Beach Soccer World Cup.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Striker Madjer scored six goals on Saturday to lead Portugal to a 10-3 demolition of Cameroon in Fifa's Beach Soccer World Cup.

Argentina beat Bahrain 2-1 to reach the competition's quarterfinals.

Madjer became the tournament's leading scorer, having scored twice in Thursday's 5-4 win over Uruguay, and the result moved Portugal - last year's runner-up to France - to the top of Group C with six points from two matches.

Uruguay, which defeated the Solomon Islands 10-5, was second with three points.

Argentina beat Bahrain in Group D with goals by Ezequiel Hilaire and Santiago Hilaire, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. The Argentinians have six points, three more than Bahrain and Nigeria, who eliminated Italy with a 4-3 victory.

On Sunday, defending champion France - a 7-4 winner against Spain in their opener play Canada in Group B, while host Brazil - 9-2 winners over Poland in Group A - face Japan.

Brazil were held to a disappointing third-place finish in the inaugural Fifa tournament last year.

This year's tournament has 16 teams, four more than last year. Two nations from each group advance to the quarterfinals. - Sapa-AP

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