Japan beat the UAE on penalties to win the 2019 AFC Beach Soccer Championships ©AFC

Takaaki Oba scored the winner as Japan beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3-1 on penalties to become 2019 Asian Football Confederation Beach Soccer Champions.

The gold medal match in Pattaya in Thailand had initially ended 2-2 in regulation time.

Despite losing the final for the second Championships in a row, the UAE will represent Asia at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay alongside Japan, by virtue of having made the final in the first place.

Having thrashed Palestine 6-0 in their semi-final Japan started where they left off today and took the lead through Masuyaki Komaki.

They then doubled their lead in the 16th minute through Ozu Moreira, who scored his ninth goal of the tournament with a long-range volley.

It looked like the score would stay 2-0 at half time, only for the UAE to get their first goal in the 22nd minute when a strong assist from Waleed Beshr gave Ali Mohammad a chance he would have struggled to miss.

A sudden two minute turnaround was completed when Mohammad scored again in the last minute of the period, this time forcing the ball over the line after a goalmouth scramble.

Having come from behind the UAE started the final period as the stronger side but could not break the deadlock and neither side could find the net in extra time either, meaning penalties were required to settle the title.

Oba scored the winning spot kick for Japan after UAE captain Walid Mohammad missed his effort.

The third-place playoff between Oman and Palestine also went to penalties, with Oman eventually triumphing 2-1 to secure their own place at the Beach Soccer World Cup.

That match also finished 2-2 in normal time.