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Sunday, 20th June 2010
Paraguay Cruzing

Group F Match

Slovakia vs Paraguay
in Bloemfontein

It was all square in Group F before this game, but Paraquay were probably happier with their point against Italy than Slovakia were with theirs against New Zealand.

The first real strike of the game fell to Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz. The shot might have taken a slight deflection off Martin Skrtel, but Jan Mucha - heading to Everton next season - took no chances and made sure the ball went out for a corner.

Slovakia's best move came when Vladimir Weiss woke up in the 16th minute; to find Stanislav Sestak, asleep in his place.

A couple of minutes later, Cristian Riveros drove the shot low and hard for Paraguay. Not much of a Jabulani moment for Mucha though.

Paraguay finally put the pieces together, shortly before the half-hour mark, when Lucas Barrios released Enrique Vera; after drawing a couple of Slovakia players out of the danger area.

Seven minutes before the break, Vera forced a mistake in the Slovakia defence but Mucha kicked out his foot to save from Roque Santa Cruz.

A minute later, Paraguay's Lucas Barrios again looked a handful running to the touchline.

Half-time: 0:1

As Slovakia tried to get themselves back in the game and Paraguay looked to gain a better advantage, the game still had a lot of potential, around the hour mark.

Sadly, this is about the time that all the substitutions start taking place and a lot of the game's rhythm is broken.

Enrique Vera missed the chance to give Paraguay the cushion they needed; when he headed wide from a Roque Santa Cruz, left-wing cross.

Slovakia seemed content to contain Paraguay and maybe hope to snatch a late equaliser, or conserve energy and hope to get the better of Italy.

Either way, Slovakia's lack of conviction cost them another goal; as a Paraguay free-kick from the left was headed into the middle and, after a little mix-up, squared beautifully to Cristian Riveros.

Final Score:
Slovakia 0 Paraguay 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Enrique Vera (27 mins)
0:2 Cristian Riveros (86 mins)

Man of The Match:
Enrique Vera - Scored the first goal and always a threat in the forward movement.

Teams

Travel to Slovakia Slovakia:
1 Jan Mucha; 21 Kornel Salata, 16 Jan Durica, 3 Martin Skrtel, 2 Peter Pekarik; 8 Jan Kozak, 17 Marek Hamsik, 6 Zdeno Strba, 7 Vladimir Weiss; 9 Stanislav Sestak, 11 Robert Vittek.

Travel to Paraguay Paraguay:
1 Justo Villar; 3 Claudio Morel Rodríguez, 21 Antolín Alcaraz, 14 Paulo Da Silva, 6 Carlos Bonet; 18 Nelson Valdez, 16 Cristian Riveros, 15 Victor Cáceres, 13 Enrique Vera; 9 Roque Santa Cruz, 19 Lucas Barrios.

Referee:
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

Substitutions Substitutions:
68 Mins (Paraguay) - 17 Aureliano Torres on for 18 Nelson Valdez
70 Mins (Slovakia) - 13 Filip Holosko on for 9 Stanislav Sestak
82 Mins (Paraguay) - 7 Oscar Cardozo on for 19 Lucas Barrios
83 Mins (Slovakia) - 15 Miroslav Stoch on for 21 Kornel Salata
88 Mins (Paraguay) - 8 Edgar Barreto on for 13 Enrique Vera

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
42 Mins - Jan Durica (Slovakia)
45 Mins - Enrique Vera (Paraguay)
47 Mins - Stanislav Sestak (Slovakia)
84 Mins - Vladimir Weiss (Slovakia)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
This will be the first meeting between Slovakia and Paraguay; as Slovakia prepare for their first World Cup Finals.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group C
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USA

Group D
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Group E
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Denmark
Holland
Japan

Group F
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New Zealand
Paraguay
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Group G
Brazil
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North Korea
Portugal

Group H
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Spain
Switzerland

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