• United Arab Emirates held 2-2 by debutants Panama
  • UAE win on penalties to earn a single point and retain top spot
  • Panama next game: vs Paraguay, UAE next game: vs Portugal, both on 2 May

United Arab Emirates survived a scare before recording a 3-2 shoot-out victory over Panama to go top of Group C at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

Despite scoring inside the opening minute, UAE were forced to come from behind after Panama netted twice in quick succession.

However, UAE captain Walid Mohammad scored his second before the first interval to draw the two sides level in the match.

It was a brave showing from Panama following a 7-0 defeat to Portugal on their tournament debut, but it was UAE who earned the lone point for a shoot-out win.

The west Asians sit top on four points ahead of their concluding fixture against Portugal, while Panama face Paraguay.