Wednesday June 12th, 2002
Slovenia vs Paraguay in Seogwipo
Slovenia were already out but Paraguay had a place in the Second
Round to play for.
Francisco Arce's early free-kick was headed narrowly wide by José
Cardozo as Paraguay tried to get in front early.
A second yellow card for Carlos Paredes reduced Paraguay to ten men in the 21st minute.
Chilavert tried to make up the numbers, and get himself on the
scoresheet, by taking a free-kick for Paraguay a couple of minutes later.
Another Francisco Arce free-kick was headed over the bar.... this time
by Roque Santa Cruz on 35 minutes.
Slovenia, already out of the tournament, looked like taking Paraguay with them when
Milenko Acimovic's cross (or was it a shot) hit Jose Luis Chilavert and went in through
Half-time: Slovenia 1 - Paraguay 0
Slovenia started to make more use of the extra man and Chilavert was
called on to make a few crucial saves. Maldini's men were tiring so the Italian brought on
some fresh legs.
Nelson Cuevas had only been on the pitch three minutes when he worked his way through the
defence to wrong-foot Mladen Dabanovic and bring Paraguay level - 66 mins.
Another goal for Paraguay, and one more for Spain (currently leading
3-2), then Paraguay and South Africa would have to draw lots.
Ten minutes later..... and Maldini was starting to look like a genius, as another
substitute, Jorge Campos, put Paraguay in front with a long-range drive.
Ten-man Paraguay can't rely on Spain to get them through and make sure of qualification to
the Second Round themselves...... Cuevas scoring his
second with a magnificent solo effort, dribbling past two defenders before firing in a
shot off the underside of the crossbar with six minutes remaining.
Slovenia 1 -
Other Group B Match:
South Africa vs Spain
Man of the Match:
Cesare Madini - Astute substitutions by the Italian turned the game around.
Carlos Paredes (21 mins)
Nastja Ceh (81 mins)
Carlos Paredes (5 mins)
Miran Pavlin (15 mins)
Carlos Paredes (21 mins)
Amir Karic (68 mins)
Mladen Rudonja (69 mins)
Zeljko Milinovic (79 mins)
12 Mladen Dabanovic; 23 Spasoje Bulajic, 3 Zeljko Milinovic; 18 Milenko Acimovic (20
Nastja Ceh - 65 mins), 8 Ales Ceh, 19 Amir Karic, 7 Dzoni Novak, 11 Miran Pavlin (13
Mladen Rudonja - 40 mins), 15 Rajko Tavcar; 21 Segastjan Cimirotic, 9 Milan Osterc (16
Senad Tiganj - 80 mins).
1 José Luis Chilavert; 2 Francisco Arce, 5 Celso Ayala, 18 Julio Cáceres, 21 Denis
Caniza, 4 Carlos Gamarra; 10 Roberto Acuña, 8 Guido Alvarenga (11 Jorge Campos - 56
mins), 13 Carlos Paredes; 20 José Cardozo (23 Nelson Cuevas - 62 mins (17 Juan Carlos
Franco - 92 mins)), 9 Roque Santa Cruz.
Referee: Felipe Ramos Rizo
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