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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Paraguay 0-1 Spain


The Line-Ups:


Paraguay: 1-Justo Villar; 2-Dario Veron, 14-Paulo Da Silva, 21-Antolin Alcaraz, 3-Claudio Morel, 8-Edgar Barreto, 11-Jonathan Santana, 15-Victor Caceres, 16-Cristian Riveros, 18-Nelson Valdez, 7-Oscar Cardozo

Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta, 16-Sergio Busquets; 9-Fernando Torres, 7-David Villa.


Gerardo Martino adopts a conservative 4-4-2 as his style of play that can switch to an offensive 4-3-3 case Paraguay’s opponent are in a weaker position.

Paraguay - ANALYSIS

Strength – Remember Chilavert? The infamous goalkeeper was a key to Paraguay’s approach on a defensive perspective. They are a very strong side when it comes to defense, but they not neglect their offensive potential with the like of Santa Cruz, Barrios and Valdez or even Cardozo. They are very strong against European opposition.

Weaknesses – Playing a more direct football based often in counter-attack means that rolling the ball between the squad in terms of game-play is not what you are used to see in Paraguay. But this direct approach can be more effective, objective and less demanding than having ball possession all the time.

Opportunities – Paraguay has an undefeated record on this World Cup. Having won 1 match and had 3 draws. Additionally, they will face Spain with the opportunity to get on their nerves and then having the Spaniards on penalties like they crushed Japan.

Threats – If Gerardo Martino that embedded the methodology of Marcelo Bielsa’s approach doesn’t go beyond the game’s strategy, they could face tough issues regarding the ability of being motivated for the last matches that look much more decisive than the first one that probably will only manage to settle whose finishing top and second position of the group.


The match has seen Spain dominating in terms of ball possession but related to clear chances of goal it is all about Paraguay. This is what we can state about the first half alongside with a disallowed goal to Paraguay by the referee.

A fact just brought up by FIFA is that Spain only won one of their 11 World Cup matches with a 0-0 score at half-time and that has been the game against Portugal the latest one.

Paraguay needs to get Barrios on the field to increase their chances of getting something of this match while on the other side it would best for Spain to get Llorente, Fabregas or Navas in to improve their tempo that is not looking what Spain has got us used to.

56 minutes and it is a penalty!!! A clear one indeed... What was Pique thinking of when he was pushing hard Cardozo? Cardozo steps up and he misses it! Are we having another Uruguay-Ghana drama?

Guess so…because this time it is Villa that falls in the box and it has been only a minute from the missed penalty from Paraguay and now Spain can take the chance. Is it Alonso to make it happen? Sure he does, but wait…he needs to take it again and he misses it. What a drama!!!!

GOALLL and it is Spain and it is Villa once again! Iniesta with a wonderful move that opened the Paraguayan defense drops the ball to Pedro that strikes the post and then usual suspect Villa shots and the ball hits the right and left post before making the way into the net. 5th goal for Villa in this competition and he tops the Golden boot table.

Spain is on the semi-final to face Germany and La Roja has done it again by the low margin but still was enough and after they scored the goal that got them ahead in the result they just made the ball roll around the whole team like if they were playing Playstation.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Iniesta



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