2013 Asian Beach Soccer Cup kicks off in China

Jinan (China): The 2013 Asian Beach Soccer Cup kicked off in Haiyang, host city of the third Asian Beach Games in eastern China`s Shandong Province.

China, Australia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam are competing in the four-day event, reports Xinhua.

Australia crushed Vietnam 7-2 in the opener on Thursday.

Australian forward Silva, who scored twice, said: "We started a bit slow, then we picked up a little bit, the passing got sharper, but it`s just the first game, we have a long trip."

In the other group, hosts China will take on Thailand Friday. Wan Chao, captain of the Chinese beach soccer team said: "Thailand has improved a lot in recent years, featuring small-size, speedy and flexibility. However, we expect a good start with a victory."


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