Brazil earned a place in the quarter-finals ©FIFA

Defending champions Brazil booked their place in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup quarter-finals after overcoming Portugal in their second Group D match.

Brazil’s pursuit of back-to-back victories began impressively with Mauricinho scoring in the opening minute of the match at the Estadio Mundialista "Los Pynandi" in Luque.

The Brazilian team were unable to hold onto leads during the match, with Portugal consistently scoring equalising goals.

A penalty from Filipe and a late effort from Datinha would eventually allow Brazil to overcome their European rivals 9-7.

The result assured Brazil of a place in the knock-out stage of the tournament, while Portugal now face a winner takes all match against Oman.

Oman, who were beaten by Brazil in their opening match, bounced back by overcoming Nigeria 6-5 today.

The qualifiers from Group C remain uncertain, with all four teams boasting a record of one win and a defeat.

United Arab Emirates secured their first win of the tournament by beating Russia 4-1, while Senegal recorded a 7-2 win over Belarus.

The victory was aided by a streak of four goals in five minutes for Senegal’s Diagne.

The UAE will face Senegal in their last match of the group stage on Tuesday (November 26), while Russia meet Belarus.

The winners of both matches will advance to the quarter-finals.

Group A and B will conclude tomorrow, with qualiers from the latter still to be determined.