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  • Date:03 Jul 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Ellis Park
  • Attendance:55,359
Goal!

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93:48 +3.48

Unfair challenge on David Villa by Dario Veron results in a free kick. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.

93:26 +3.26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Joan Capdevila. Direct free kick taken by Joan Capdevila.

90:56 +0.56

Unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Jonathan Santana results in a free kick. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

90:00

David Villa takes a shot. Justo Villar makes a save.

88:05

Lucas Barrios takes a shot. Save made by Iker Casillas. Roque Santa Cruz takes a shot. Save by Iker Casillas.

87:44

Sergio Busquets fouled by Jonathan Santana, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Santana booked. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

84:43

Shot from just outside the box by David Villa goes over the crossbar.

83:42

Carlos Marchena on for Carles Puyol. Victor Caceres leaves the field to be replaced by Lucas Barrios.

81:53

Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. A goal is scored by David Villa from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Paraguay 0-1 Spain.

81:42

Unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Jonathan Santana results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andres Iniesta.

79:02

Centre by Joan Capdevila.

78:38

Joan Capdevila delivers the ball, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.

77:26

Andres Iniesta challenges Cristian Riveros unfairly and gives away a free kick. Justo Villar takes the direct free kick.

75:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carles Puyol by Oscar Cardozo. Iker Casillas takes the direct free kick.

74:39

Rodriguez Pedro replaces Xabi Alonso.

74:20

Hernandez Xavi has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

73:37

Inswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi, save by Justo Villar.

73:16

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi.

72:26

Enrique Vera takes a shot. Gerard Pique gets a block in.

71:42

Roque Santa Cruz replaces Nelson Haedo Valdez.

70:20

Nelson Haedo Valdez concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. The referee cautions Claudio Morel Rodriguez for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from left wing.

69:21

Effort on goal by Andres Iniesta from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

65:42

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Santana by Carles Puyol results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Claudio Morel Rodriguez, Xabi Alonso manages to make a clearance.

64:10

Booking for Victor Caceres.

63:18

The referee shows Sergio Busquets a yellow card.

63:13

Enrique Vera is brought on as a substitute for Edgar Barreto.

62:34

Effort on goal by Andres Iniesta from 18 yards. Save by Justo Villar.

62:06

Hernandez Xavi decides to take the corner short.

61:53

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line.

58:57

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on David Villa by Antolin Alcaraz. Antolin Alcaraz receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Placed penalty taken by Xabi Alonso saved by Justo Villar. Paraguay 0-0 Spain.Garcia Sergio Ramos takes a shot. Blocked by Paulo Da Silva.

58:56

The referee shows Victor Caceres a yellow card.

58:50

Victor Caceres is given a yellow card.

56:19

Corner from the left by-line taken by Edgar Barreto, Gerard Pique concedes a Penalty for a foul on Oscar Cardozo. Caution for Gerard Pique. A save by Iker Casillas from penalty by Oscar Cardozo. Paraguay 0-0 Spain.

55:31

Francesc Fabregas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres.

55:17

The ball is sent over by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

53:37

Joan Capdevila is ruled offside. Justo Villar restarts play with the free kick.

52:46

Dario Veron challenges Andres Iniesta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Xabi Alonso crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, blocked by Claudio Morel Rodriguez.

50:15

A cross is delivered by David Villa.

48:14

Unfair challenge on Edgar Barreto by Sergio Busquets results in a free kick. Edgar Barreto takes the free kick.

45:35 +0.35

Nelson Haedo Valdez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

43:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nelson Haedo Valdez on Xabi Alonso. Carles Puyol takes the direct free kick.

42:48

Nelson Haedo Valdez fouled by Sergio Busquets, the ref awards a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.

41:15

Handball by Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Justo Villar.

40:38

Nelson Haedo Valdez is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Andres Iniesta takes the free kick.

40:17

The offside flag is raised against Nelson Haedo Valdez. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

39:36

Fernando Torres crosses the ball.

38:56

Cristian Riveros concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Iniesta. Garcia Sergio Ramos restarts play with the free kick.

38:06

Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi.

38:00

Garcia Sergio Ramos sends in a cross, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.

36:51

Oscar Cardozo concedes a free kick for a foul on Xabi Alonso. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the direct free kick.

35:32

David Villa has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

34:26

Claudio Morel Rodriguez crosses the ball.

33:13

The ball is delivered by Andres Iniesta.

31:31

Claudio Morel Rodriguez challenges Andres Iniesta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick. Joan Capdevila takes a shot. Blocked by Claudio Morel Rodriguez.

31:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Villa by Edgar Barreto. David Villa takes the free kick.

30:42

The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Santana. Direct free kick taken by Gerard Pique.

28:58

Unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Antolin Alcaraz results in a free kick. Hernandez Xavi crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Paulo Da Silva manages to make a clearance.

28:09

Shot from just outside the box by Hernandez Xavi goes over the target.

27:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Riveros on David Villa. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.

27:31

The referee penalises Paulo Da Silva for handball. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

26:06

Corner from left by-line taken by Hernandez Xavi.

23:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cristian Riveros by Andres Iniesta. Free kick taken by Paulo Da Silva.

19:56

Joan Capdevila concedes a free kick for a foul on Edgar Barreto. Edgar Barreto crosses the ball in from the free kick.

18:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Victor Caceres. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.

17:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Jonathan Santana. Garcia Sergio Ramos restarts play with the free kick.

15:53

The ball is crossed by Garcia Sergio Ramos, Justo Villar makes a save.

14:01

Unfair challenge on Victor Caceres by Garcia Sergio Ramos results in a free kick. Claudio Morel Rodriguez restarts play with the free kick.

13:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Jonathan Santana. Andres Iniesta restarts play with the free kick.

9:54

Cristian Riveros fouled by Gerard Pique, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Claudio Morel Rodriguez from the free kick.

9:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garcia Sergio Ramos on Claudio Morel Rodriguez. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.

8:48

Jonathan Santana produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Cristian Riveros goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

6:24

Corner taken short by Hernandez Xavi.

6:08

Xabi Alonso takes a shot. Victor Caceres gets a block in.

2:00

Foul by Nelson Haedo Valdez on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gerard Pique.

0:49

Jonathan Santana takes a shot. Save by Iker Casillas.

The referee gets the game started.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The match restarts for the second half.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

Martino hoping for historic win Paraguay boss Gerardo Martino is hoping his side can make the most of their one-off chance against Spain in the World Cup quarter-finals. The La Albirroja coach, whose team have never beaten the European champions, has already made history by taking the South Americans to the last eight for the first time. And Martino knows his team have the ability to go even further. "If I had to consider a tournament of 20 matches against Spain, then I think Paraguay would have fewer possibilities than Spain," he said. "But you see in this kind of tournament, it's not just who plays better, but who has the heart, who has the stamina, the wish, who has the fighting spirit and it can come down to one scoring opportunity. "I think in football you can expect any kind of result when you have to play 90 minutes, so I have no idea who will be in the next round." Paraguay have enjoyed a memorable competition so far after an opening draw with Italy was followed by a victory over Slovakia and draws against New Zealand and Japan - the latter ending in a penalty shoot-out win. But Martino is confident they still have more to offer. He continued: "We have not had many good goal-scoring chances. We have had a few good moments, up to half-time against Slovakia we played well, we had our moments against Italy and then in the qualifying round we've had much better matches. "We have not played too defensive matches either. We have had the same amount of ball possession as our rivals. "There is a history yes, but we have to fight against this history and we just hope that tomorrow we can play better to have better possibilities." Asked if he had any special plans to try and stem the attacking threat of the Spain, he said: "We could spend the whole night talking about how to neutralise the Spanish players, because you will ask me how to neutralise (David) Villa, then (Andres) Iniesta, then (Fernando) Torres and what have you. "So we have prepared our match plan and we hopes it works out on the pitch." Cesc Fabregas has no doubt his Spain team-mate Fernando Torres will soon be over his goal drought and is expecting the striker to play a key role against Paraguay. The Liverpool forward has endured a poor campaign so far, failing to hit the back of the net for the European champions in their opening four games. It came after an injury-hit domestic season for his English club, which him saw head to South Africa in the wake of a knee problem. He has so far failed to live up to expectations and Fabregas said: "This boy is accustomed to this kind of situation. "He's accustomed to all these situations because he's been under pressure ever since he was a little boy. "He is very much at ease and I think tomorrow he will have a possibility to showcase his talents to see whether he can take this team to the highest possible ranks." Arsenal midfielder Fabregas has hardly featured for Vicente del Bosque's side so far, making two brief second-half appearances in two of their games and completely missing out on the other two. Asked how he felt the limited game-time, he continued: "The important thing is motivating yourself and believing that you will make it to the pitch, that you will be important during the match and you are really strong for the team. "Because, perhaps you play, perhaps you don't play. You must be able to feel it that you will be able to do something in the match. "If you are not being fielded, you must celebrate your friends and enjoy it." Fabregas was also expecting a tough match against the South Americans. "We're used to playing teams like this," he said. "Many of these players play in Europe we know them, so we're quite at ease. "As we know, it is a very competitive team. They love to fight and they're going to fight to the end." Brazil were knocked out of the competition by Holland and Fabregas insisted there would be no such repeat by the Spaniards. The two-time European Championship winners, who are looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1950, had been major underachievers on the world stage until they claimed their second continental crown in 2008. He added: "I think Spain has had sufficient lessons taught in the past. "We know that in football anything is possible and if somebody has learnt something, it is Brazil."

Formation:4132Manager: Gerardo Martino

Paraguay

Formation: 4132Manager: Vicente Del Bosque

Spain

  • Justo Villar
  • Dario Veron
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Paulo Da Silva
  • Claudio Morel Rodriguez
  • Victor Caceres
  • Jonathan Santana
  • Edgar Barreto
  • Cristian Riveros
  • Nelson Haedo Valdez
  • Oscar Cardozo
  • SUBS
  • Diego Barreto
  • Denis Caniza
  • Julio Caceres
  • Carlos Bonet
  • Roque Santa Cruz
  • Edgar Benitez
  • Enrique Vera
  • Aureliano Torres
  • Lucas Barrios
  • Nestor Ortigoza
  • Aldo Bobadilla
  • Rodolfo Gamarra

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Match Report

Villa sends Spain through David Villa enhanced his reputation as the World Cup's outstanding striker with a late winner to give a below-par Spain an historic 1-0 victory over Paraguay. The 28-year-old struck his fifth goal of the finals to send the perennial underachievers to their first-ever World Cup semi-finals. It was tough on Paraguay who had matched the European champions for much of the game - and though this has been a World Cup of shocks, the needle would have gone off the Richter scale if the South Americans had triumphed. Spain now face Germany in the semi-finals - not since 1950, where they were part of a four-team final group, have they had such an opportunity to reach the final itself. Both sides contrived to miss penalties before Villa came up trumps after Andres Iniesta had carved out an opening for Pedro, who hit the post with his new Barcelona team-mate producing the perfect follow up. Until then, Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino, who made no fewer than six changes from the side that scraped past Japan on penalties, had got his tactics just right. Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque kept faith with the same starting line-up for the third game in a row but familiarity bred contempt for the first hour. Paraguay could have gone ahead in the very first minute had they taken advantage of an excellent opening. The Spanish defence was split open by Oscar Cardozo who found Jonathan Santana on the edge of the box but his shot was tame and Iker Casillas was not troubled. Cristian Riveros headed over as Paraguay continued their refusal to be overawed while Xavi, dogged by Cristian Riveros snapping at his heels, had a poor first half. Those usually laser-guided missiles from his boot looked as though the control system had gone wonky. Spain failed to bring a single save out of Justo Villar in the first 45 minutes - Xavi's spin and volley that dipped just too late their one highlight, while Fernando Torres looked woeful. After Joan Capdevila's free-kick was blocked, a break by Paraguay saw a stunning cross by Claudio Morel that was just missed by Santana. Villa, who had looked the liveliest of the off-colour Spaniards, dragged a chance wide before Paraguay were controversially denied the lead. Nelson Valdez brought down the ball and finished expertly but was flagged offside - replays showed he was just on - and he put his next chance high and wide after turning Carles Puyol inside and out at pace. After 10 minutes of the second half del Bosque had seen enough and he sent on Cesc Fabregas for Torres and suddenly a drab game exploded into life. Paraguay were awarded a penalty after Gerard Pique hauled down Cardozo. The Benfica forward dusted himself down and stepped up but Casillas saved low to his left. Almost immediately referee Carlos Batres from Guatemala awarded a spot-kick at the other end after Villa was felled by Antolin Alcaraz. Xabi Alonso put it away only to be made to re-take it due to encroachment and this time Villar came up trumps - and he then got away with clipping Fabregas who reached the loose ball first. Iniesta, who had been much subdued, suddenly woke up and brought a terrific save out of Villar with a curling effort, then lofted another effort high over the bar. Fabregas' hustling saw Xavi presented with a shooting chance and he hit it almost too well as it whistled past the post. With seven minutes left Spain finally produced a goal worthy of their lofty reputation when Iniesta went on a fantastic run and set up Pedro whose shot hit the post, with Villa reacting instinctively to fire it in off the other upright. Now he has 43 goals for his country, only one behind Raul. It was left to Casillas to rival Villa as Spain's hero with a double save in the dying seconds to keep out Lucas Barrios and Roque Santa Cruz.

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