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Saturday, 3rd July 2010
Villa in Spain

Quarter-final Match

Paraguay vs Spain
in Jo'burg Ellis Park

Paraguay or Spain for a semi-final meeting with Germany.

Iker Casillas showed a slight lack of concentration in the seventh minute but for the first twenty minutes nothing really seemed to take shape.

Paraguay did enough to contain Spain, before thinking about maybe moving forward a little themselves.

Fernando Torres almost woke up in the 27th minute, then once in the Paraguay area with two defenders Torres didn't seem to believe that he moved so well and the opportunity was lost. Xavi then watched his own shot float past the target.

Paraguay's closest attempt was when Jonathan Santana failed to get his head on Morel's long ball, and a goal disallowed for offside.

Paraguay deserved to be in front, just about; mainly because Spain didn't.

Half-time: 0:0

Spain continued to pass poorly at the start of the second-half; so much so that Vicente del Bosque decided to bring on the master passer Cesc Fabregas, for the ineffective Fernando Torres.

Then a few minutes of drama as Carlos Batres gave both teams the chance for a little penalty practise: Iker Casillas saved from Oscar Cardozo; then at the other end Justo Villar saved from Xabi Alonso, at the second attempt. Spain could have had another penalty in the melee that followed the save.

It took a while coming but even the goal was hysterical as Iniesta laid the groundwork for Pedro Rodriguez to hit the ball onto the post. David Villa's follow up shot also hit the post before settling in the back of the net.

Final Score:
Paraguay 0 Spain 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 David Villa (83 mins)

Man of The Match:
David Villa - Spain wouldn't be in the semi-final for the first time in their history without him.

Teams

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

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

Referee:
Carlos Batres (Guatemala)

Substitutions Substitutions:
56 Mins (Spain) - 10 Cesc Fabregas on for 9 Fernando Torres
64 Mins (Paraguay) - 13 Enrique Vera on for 8 Edgar Barreto
73 Mins (Paraguay) - 9 Roque Santa Cruz on for 18 Nelson Valdez
75 Mins (Spain) - 18 Pedro Rodriguez on for 14 Xabi Alonso
84 Mins (Spain) - 4 Carlos Marchena on for 5 Carles Puyol
84 Mins (Paraguay) - 19 Lucas Barrios on for 15 Victor Caceres

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
57 Mins - Gerard Pique (Spain)
59 Mins - Antolin Alcaraz (Paraguay)
65 Mins - Sergio Busquets (Spain)
65 Mins - Victor Caceres (Paraguay)
71 Mins - Claudio Morel Rodriguez (Paraguay)
88 Mins - Jonathan Santana (Paraguay)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Spain beat Paraguay (3:1) in a Jeonju group match at Korea-Japan 2002.

The two teams drew (0:0) in a St. Etienne group match at France 1998.

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Rustenburg

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Germany vs England
Bloemfontein

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Durban

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Paraguay vs Japan
Pretoria

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Brazil vs Chile
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Spain vs Portugal
Cape Town

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Uruguay vs Ghana
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Argentina vs Germany
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Paraguay vs Spain
Jo'burg Ellis Park

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Germany vs Spain
Durban

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Saturday, 9th July
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