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  • Date: Sun 20 June 2010
  • Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
  • Ref: Maillet, E
  • Attendance: 26,663
0 - 2
Paraguay

Paraguay

Vera (27)

Riveros (86)

Slovakia vs Paraguay

Team Lineups

Slovakia

Jan Mucha
Peter Pekarik
Martin Skrtel
Jan Durica
Kornel Salata (Miroslav Stoch, 83)
Zdeno Strba
Vladimir Weiss
Jan Kozak
Marek Hamsik
Stanislav Sestak (Filip Holosko, 70)
Robert Vittek

Paraguay

Justo Villar
Claudio Morel Rodriguez
Paulo Da Silva
Antolin Viveros Alcaraz
Carlos Bonet
Enrique Torres Vera (Edgar Barreto, E, 88)
Victor Caceres, V
Cristian Riveros
Roque Santa Cruz
Nelson Haedo Valdez (Aureliano Torres, 68)
Lucas Barrios (Oscar Cardozo, 82)

Match Report
Paraguay took a massive step towards reaching the last 16 of the World Cup by clinching a deserved 2-0 victory over Slovakia in Bloemfontein. Striker Roque Santa Cruz returned to the starting line-up for the South Americans, while Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss made three changes from the side which drew 1-1 with New Zealand. Santa Cruz came close to breaking the deadlock within three minutes when his shot from just outside the left edge of the area took a slight deflection and forced keeper Jan Mucha into a fine save at his near post. Twenty minutes in Mucha collected well after Cristian Riveros rifled in a 20-yard right-foot shot after good work on the left by Nelson Valdez. Three minutes later Lucas Barrios linked up well with Enrique Vera on the right, before flashing a 20-yard shot wide of Mucha's near post. Four minutes later Paraguay took a well-deserved lead as the lively Barrios played in Vera just inside the area and he bent a right-foot shot beyond Mucha and into the corner of the net. The South Americans continued to dominate after taking the lead and six minutes before the break Slovakia gave away possession in defence, with Mucha having to make a fine save with his foot to deny Santa Cruz from the edge of the area. Slovakia attempted to show more attacking intent in the opening stages of the second half, but were unable to force Paraguay keeper Justo Villar into action. With a little over 20 minutes to play Paraguay almost made it 2-0 as Santa Cruz ran clear down the left and his cross was headed inches wide of the near post by Vera from ten yards out. Four minutes from time the South Americans finally made the game safe, as Aureliano Torres' free-kick into the area was not cleared and the ball eventually fell to Riveros, who lashed home a left-footer from just inside the area. Right at the death Robert Vittek finally extended Villar, with a right-footer from 25 yards which forced the keeper into a fine tip-over, but it was far too little too late for Slovakia.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: SLOVAKIA 0-2 PARAGUAY.

90

Vittek finally extends Villar, with a right-footer from 25 yards which forces the keeper into a fine tip-over.

90

Weiss shoots from 25 yards, it's high, wide and not too handsome.

90

Four minutes of added time to be played.

89

Stoch batters into Riveros and concedes a free-kick just outside the Paraguay area.

88
Substitution
 

Edgar Barreto enters the fray in place of Vera.

86

That's game over now and the South Americans are good vale for the victory.

86
Goal
 

SLOVAKIA 0-2 PARAGUAY, Torres' free-kick into the area is not cleared and the ball eventually falls to RIVEROS, who lashes home a left-footer from just inside the area.

85

Time is ticking away for Slovakia, who have shown little in attack, particularly in the second half.

84
Yellow Card
 

Weiss and Torres clash and the former picks up a yellow card for his actions. That may be a case of mistaken identity.

83
Substitution
 

Slovakia introduce Miroslav Stoch for Salata.

82
Substitution
 

Oscar Cardozo takes the place of Barrios.

81

Subs on the way from both benches.

80

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino is looking a little concerned.

78

Torres has a pop from long range and his left-footer is only a couple of feet over Mucha's crossbar.

75

Hamsik fouls Da Silva. Hamsik is highly-rated at Napoli, but has struggled to show his class on the biggest stage.

74

Defender Antolin Alcaraz rejoins the game after an ankle knock.

72

It's almost 2-0 as Santa Cruz gets clear down the left and his cross is headed inches wide of the near post by Vera from ten yards out.

71

The game has become a bit scrappy in recent minutes, with Slovakia still seeking to test Villar in the Paraguay goal.

70
Substitution
 

Slovakia bring on Filip Holosko for Sestak.

68
Substitution
 

Paraguay replace Valdez with Aureliano Torres.

67

Valdez keeps Slovakia penned back near their own goal-line, he has given everything this afternoon.

66

Santa Cruz takes a kick from Skrtel, but the referee waives play on. That could have been a booking.

65

Twenty-five minutes to play and Paraguay could do with another goal to make the game safe.

63

Corner to Slovakia, which is half-cleared a couple of times before Paraguay force their opponents back.

62

Morel plays a cross behind for a goal-kick, he's gets forward so well from left-back.

60

Skrtel hacks away a Santa Cruz ball back from the far post.

60

Claudio Morel Rodriguez lifts the ball into the area, but Skrtel takes control and clears well.

58

Durica is brought down by Bonet on the halfway line, as Slovakia just try to increase the tempo a little.

57

Sestak latches onto a rare Paraguay mistake, but his attempted cross is blocked.

54

Slovakia are still labouring in their attempts to try and test the Paraguay backline.

52

Sestak whips a cross in from the right and Vittek is within inches of making a connection.

51

Paraguay enjoy the early possession again, they look quite comfortable at the moment.

49

Valdez makes an excellent block as Pekarik lines up a shot from 25 yards.

47
Yellow Card
 

Sestak brings down Riveros and rightly gets a yellow card.

46

Neither side have made any changes at the interval.

46

Paraguay start the second half.

Half time
 

Half-Time: SLOVAKIA 0-1 PARAGUAY.

45

One minute of added time to be played.

45
Yellow Card
 

Goalscorer Vera is cautioned for a foul.

45

Sestak breaks the offside trap, but cannot reach the ball before keeper Justo Villar.

44

Valdez and Barrios get in each other's way as a cross comes in from the right, Skrtel boost the ball clear.

42
Yellow Card
 

Durica is booked for a tackle from behind on Barrios.

40

Five minutes to half-time and Paraguay are clearly the better side.

39

Slovakia give away possession in defence and Mucha makes a fine save with his foot to deny Santa Cruz from the edge of the area.

37

Kozak's delivery finds Kornel Salata ten yards out, but he cannot direct his header on target. That was a half-chance.

37

Slovakia win their first corner of the game.

36

Jan Kozak's free-kick is headed out for a throw-in on the left.

35

Santa Cruz runs clear down the right, but his cross is cut out, before Slovakia mount a quick counter which eventually peters out.

34

Sestak plays the ball in from the right and almost finds the arriving Vittek.

33

Barrios almost gets in down the right, but is dispossessed and Slovakia clear.

33

Hamsik leads a good move down the left, but after getting the ball back from Sestak fires his left-foot cross out of play for a goal-kick.

31

Paraguay's front three keep putting the pressure on the Slovakia defence, causing them to lose possession.

29

Slovakia may be forced to come out and play a bit more now, as their last group game is against Italy.

28

That's just reward for the South Americans being the more positive side.

27
Goal
 

SLOVAKIA 0-1 PARAGUAY, a fine move sees Paraguay take the lead as Barrios finds VERA just inside the area and he bends a right-foot shot beyond Mucha into the corner of the net.

25

Valdez turns inside off the left flank, but his 25-yard shot is way off target and out for a goal-kick.

23

Barrios links up well with Vera on the right, before flashing a 20-yard shot wide of Mucha's near post, the keeper had that well covered.

23

Midway through the first half and we're still waiting for the first goal.

21

Riveros is pulled down by Marek Hamsik, Slovakia are certainly giving away a number of free-kicks.

20

Mucha collects well as Cristian Riveros rifles in a 20-yard right-foot shot after good work on the left by Valdez.

19

A load of pushing and shoving leads to a free-kick being taken again and it almost finds Paulo Da Silva arriving at the far post.

17

Vladimir Weiss and Robert Vittek combine well on the right, before Sestak is crowded out in the Paraguay area.

15

Fifteen minutes in and Slovakia look set up to try and secure a point.

14

Peter Pekarik brings down Santa Cruz, another free-kick for Paraguay.

13

Bonet tries to find Santa Cruz on the left side, but his pass is far to strong.

11

Skrtel is penalised for a high tackle on Barrios, more danger for Slovakia.

10

Jan Durica makes a run down the left and finds plenty of space, but balloons his cross way over the crossbar and out of play.

8

Nelson Valdez is hacked down by Martin Skrtel inside the Slovakia half.

8

Stanislav Sestak and Carlos Bonet collide and Paraguay have the free-kick in their own half.

6

A bright opening to the game and the South Americans seem to have the upper hand.

4

Paraguay mount another patient attack, before Enrique Vera fires well wide from 20 yards out.

3

Santa Cruz shoots from just outside the left edge of the area and keeper Jan Mucha makes a fine save as the effort takes a deflection.

3

Lucas Barrios fires over a fine cross from the right, but it's just too high for two team-mates in the area.

2

Slovakia enjoy the early possession, but their first attack is ended by an offside flag.

1
Kickoff
 

Referee Eddy Maillet of the Seychelles gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Roque Santa Cruz is in the starting line-up for the South Americans, while Slovakia have made three changes.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Slovakia conceded a last-minute equaliser in their opening game against New Zealand, while Paraguay held reigning champions Italy to a 1-1 draw.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Slovakia and Paraguay meet in Bloemfontein in a potentially decisive Group F encounter.