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Paraguay 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago
Tuesday, 20 June 2006


B Sancho 25 o.g.
N Cuevas 86

Trinidad and Tobago


C Paredes 30yellow card
J Dos Santos 55yellow card


B Sancho 45yellow card
A Whitley 49yellow card



55% 45%

Shots on target

7 3

Shots off target

6 7


7 1


16 21


  • 22 A Bobadilla
  • 02 J Nunez
  • 04 C Gamarra
  • 05 J Caceres (78 J Manzur )
  • 21 D Caniza (88 P Da Silva )
  • 08 E Barreto
  • 10 R Acuna
  • 13 C Paredes yellow card
  • 19 J Dos Santos yellow card
  • 09 R Santa Cruz
  • 18 N Valdez (66 N Cuevas )


  • 06 C Bonet,
  • 07 S Cabanas,
  • 23 N Cuevas,
  • 14 P Da Silva,
  • 11 D Gavilan,
  • 12 D Gomez,
  • 20 D Lopez,
  • 15 J Manzur,
  • 17 J Montiel,
  • 16 C Riveros,
  • 03 D Toledo,
  • 01 J Villar

Trinidad and Tobago

  • 21 K Jack
  • 03 A John (31 K Jones )
  • 05 B Sancho yellow card
  • 06 D Lawrence
  • 07 C Birchall
  • 09 A Whitley yellow card (66 R Latapy )
  • 11 C Edwards
  • 18 D Theobald (66 A Wolfe )
  • 13 C Glen (41 E Wise )
  • 14 S John
  • 19 D Yorke


  • 04 M Andrews,
  • 17 A Charles,
  • 02 I Cox,
  • 08 C Gray,
  • 01 S Hislop,
  • 22 C Ince,
  • 15 K Jones,
  • 10 R Latapy,
  • 12 C Samuel,
  • 20 J Scotland,
  • 16 E Wise,
  • 23 A Wolfe

Ref: Roberto Rosetti
Att: 46000


PLAYER RATER: Port Vale midfielder Chris Birchall is the man of the match in the eyes of Player Rater users. The Trinidad battler scores 9.12 at the final whistle, ahead of Trinidad captain Dwight Yorke on 9.05. For Paraguay, Nelso Valdez top scores with 8.69.

FULL-TIME: Paraguay bow out of the World Cup in winning fashion following an own goal from Brent Sancho and a late strike from Nelson Cuevas. Trinidad and Tobago's players will also pack their bags tomorrow - defeat here means their tournament is over.

90mins+3: The final whistle goes in Kaiserslautern and there's hugs all round from the players and coaches.

90 mins+1: There's a total of three minutes of injury time to play but this match is done and dusted in Kaiserslautern as both of these sides get ready to bow out of the World Cup.

90 mins: Trinidad and Tobago refuse to give up, although their cause is not helped by Evans Wise who belts a shocking long shot which is, frankly, pointless.

88 mins: Paulo Da Silva is a late substitute for Denis Caniza.

86 mins: GOAL Paraguay 2-0 Trinidad
Nelson Cuevas puts the game out of Trinidad and Tobago's reach with the second goal of the game. It's much against the run of play and a tad harsh on the Trinidadians, who have been excellent in this half - perhaps only let down by having pushed forward too many players.

83 mins: Russell Latapy, who has announced he will retire after this game, is doing his outmost to go out in style. Once more he leaves the Paraguayan defence trailing. Unfortunately his final pass to Stern John is a tad too heavy.

80 mins: Trinidad and Tobago can consider themselves massively unlucky if they don't score in the final 10 minutes. Stern John first fails to steer a Kenwyne Jones cross goalwards - admittedly the cross has too much pace - and then John has a headed opportunity, which he fails to properly connect with.

78 mins: Julio Manzur joins the fray at the expense of Julio Cesar Caceres.

77 mins: Russell Latapy unleashes a blistering left-footed half-volley. It brings massive "ooohs" and "aaahs" from the crowd but just clears the outstretched gloves of Aldo Bobadilla for a goal kick.

76 mins: Russell Latapy has added some wonderful bite to Trinidad and Tobago since coming on. He slots a ball through to Kenwyne Jones, who finds himself squeezed out of contention by the Paraguayan defence.

74 mins: The old men of the Trinidadian side are unleashing their box of tricks out there now. Russell Latapy unleashes a pirouette that members of the Royal Ballet would have been proud of before dabbing it to Dwight Yorke. But Yorke's shot doesn't do justice to his impressive CV.

72 mins: Birchall buries his sweaty scalp in his hands after his long-range piledriver misses the Paraguayan goal. It's quite a tidy effort, though, which only falls foul after he slightly loses his balance in the final execution.

69 mins: Paraguay are all a bit harmless at the moment with only long-range efforts. Nelson Cuevas is the latest guilty party - his strike scooping way too high and way too wide from the opposition goal mouth.

67 mins: There's a massive cheer as Russell Latapy joins the action in place of Aurtis Whitley. Meanwhile, it's a full Nelson swap for Paraguay, with Nelson Cuevas coming on for Nelson Valdez. Valdez whips off his hairband and throws it on the ground in disgust.

PLAYER RATER: Despite trailing 1-0, Trinidad and Tobago's battling display is catching the eye of Player Rater users, who make Port Vale midfielder Chris Birchall their man of the match so far with a mark of nine out of 10.

63 mins: Jack is twice called into action by strikes from Roque Santa Cruz and Edgar Barreto. He does well on both occasions with what are both reasonable efforts.

62 mins: Paraguay are weighing in quite heftily in the tackle now, perhaps highlighting their frustration of the half. Jorge Nunez is the latest man penalised and Carlos Edwards almost makes him pay, only for Aldo Bobadilla to palm it clear from a free-kick.

60 mins: Evans Wise picks out Stern John delightfully in the box. He chests it down and gets ready to convert the chance only to be halted by the linesman's flag - he's offside... although only just.

58 mins: Jorge Nunez and Carlos Edwards have a bit of rough and tumble outside Trinidad and Tobago's box. Edwards is cleared of all blame in the brief scuffle and he wins himself a free-kick.

56 mins: Carlos Paredes gets Paraguay's first real chance of the half. There's no real venom, though, and Kelvin Jack calmly drops to the ground and smothers the long-range effort.

55 mins: Julio Dos Santos is the second man in the referee's book - yellow carded for a rash challenge.

53 mins: For the first time in the half, Trinidad and Tobago briefly calm their high tempo. They're clearly aiming to go out with a bang judging by their start to the second period.

50 mins: Dwight Yorke and Carlos Edwards are proving a handful with the Trinidadians dominating this half so far. A flailing Paraguayan boot just stabs the ball clear but it starts the party mood in the stands for the Caribbean supporters. That must have been some half-time team talk by Leo Beenhakker.

47 mins: Trinidad and Tobago show they're not finished. Carlos Edwards is like a terrier down the right flank and steers the ball across the goalmouth, which is just a little too far for Dwight Yorke to reach.

46 mins: The game gets going once more with no further changes in the match... as yet.

"Trinidad and Tobago are playing too many long balls at the moment. They have got to get the ball in the box and get the runners in there. At this rate, I see Paraguay going on to win by two or three goals."
Chris Waddle, Five Live Sport pundit

HALF-TIME: The whistle goes for the interval, much to the relief of the much-called-upon Kelvin Jack in the Trinidad and Tobago goal. On the evidence of this half, the Soca Warriors know they have their work cut out to equalise proceedings having conceded the game's only goal from one of their own, defender Brent Sancho.

45 mins+1: Trinidad and Tobago's very own Jack in the box proves a saviour once more with a superb save. Jorge Nunez flights the ball perfectly in, Nelso Valdez produces a delightful header, but Jack and his goalkeeping gloves are up to the challenge.

45 mins: The whistle may have gone for half-time in the other Group B game between England and Sweden. But the action still goes on in Kaiserslautern, where Brent Sancho picks up a yellow card for an illegal arm in the tackle. It's the first card of the night.

42 mins: Roque Santa Cruz produces a combination of a shot and a cross. It almost shaves the post and can't quite turn back in time to allow Nelson Valdez to poke it home.

40 mins: Cornell Glen looks in all sorts of bother after jarring his knee while launching an attack. His game is over - Evans Wise takes his place - and it remains to be seen how serious the complaint will prove.

38 mins: Chris Birchall has a pop at goal from some distance - it's a few metres off the target but the crowd love it.

36 mins: Denis Caniza drives the ball into the net, just slotting it under Kelvin Jack, and turns away to celebrate the goal. He is greeted by his team-mates only be told the goal is disallowed. It would seem a handball by Edgar Barreto in the build-up was at fault. It proves a harsh decision, however, with the replays showing Barreto had simply chested it down.

32 mins: Kenwyne Jones nearly makes an immediate impact with his first touch of the night when he blasts a free-kick just two feet off the ground. In the end, he only just fails to find the net.

31 mins: Avery John comes off the field for Kenwyne Jones - the first replacement of the night and an early one at that.

29 mins: Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker strides up and down the touchline deep in thought. He looks seriously disappointed about his side going a goal down after what has been a superb World Cup for the smallest nation at the tournament.

25 mins: GOAL Paraguay 1-0 Trinidad and Tobago
In a game of set pieces, there's no surprise the first goal comes from a free-kick. Roberto Acuna turns the ball into the box, Julio Dos Santos gets a head on it and, sadly for Trinidad and Tobago, so does Brent Sancho for an own goal. Kelvin Jack is left totally stranded and there's nothing he can do.

24 mins: It's clearly Nelson Valdez's five minutes. He gets another header in the box and this time only just misses the crossbar of Kelvin Jack. A sparky little player in Kaiserslautern tonight.

23 mins: Nelson Valdez desperately tries to make amends for his earlier error (see 21 mins) with an attempted overhead kick from outside the box. It's not a bad effort and leaves Kelvin Jack in a spot of a panic.

21 mins: Nelson Valdez has the chance to put Paraguay ahead but he makes a bit of a fool of himself with his attempted header. Not probably one of the finest of his career and he tries to take attention away from his error by running his hands through his hefty hairdo.

19 mins: Trinidad and Tobago set up a delightful move, passing the ball along the ground from their defence like World Cup veterans.

16 mins: There's a serious sense of deja-vu as the referee blows for another Dwight Yorke set piece. The former Manchester United star is proving a daunting threat but this time Aldo Bobadilla double punches clear. The body language in the box suggests the Paraguayan defenders aren't all that happy facing these set pieces.

12 mins: Dwight Yorke talks team tactics to Dennis Lawrence ahead of his latest free-kick and the pair very nearly link in style for a goal. But a combination of Paraguayan heads clear the danger in the end.

11 mins: Julio Cesar Caceres receives a spot of treatment after running into the back of Densill Theobald. It doesn't look too serious though.

9 mins: The first goal of the game is bound to come from a set piece. On this occasion, Julio Dos Santos nearly finds the goal with his head from a Edgar Barreto corner. It's end-to-end stuff in this Group B match so far.

7 mins: Another Dwight Yorke free-kick and another goalbound effort for the Caribbean outfit. This time Aurtis Whitley unleashes an absolute belter but it goes a metre over the crossbar. The crowd love it all the same.

5 mins: The giant Dennis Lawrence lumbers forward for Trinidad and Tobago's first free-kick of the night. Dwight Yorke whips it in, Cornell Glen latches onto it but Aldo Bobadilla dives to save. There's been fine saves from each goalkeeper already tonight.

3 mins: Jack unleashes a superb save in his first World Cup start. Edgar Barreto curls a free-kick in which Roque Santa Cruz flicks off his head goalwards only for Jack to palm it away for a corner.

2 mins: Kelvin Jack flies out of his box to chest the ball and head it clear. It's a slightly nervy moment but his team-mates look suitably relaxed about the whole thing.

2000 BST: Play is under way in Kaiserslautern in this Group B match, with Trinidad and Tobago starting proceedings after a relatively lengthy team huddle.


1958 BST: Trinidad and Tobago's players look a tad nervous as they sing, well, whisper, their national anthem. Kelvin Jack opts out of joining in despite being recalled to the starting line-up. It's a fair tune, with the backing of a steel drum.

1956 BST: Paraguay's players look totally bemused at the start of their national anthem. It's not clear if it's the right one or not but none of the players initially care to join in for it, nor manager Anibal Ruiz for that matter.

1955 BST: The players stride calmly and confident out onto the field for the two national anthems. The snappers line up and are suitably trigger happy for what could be these two sides' last matches at this World Cup.

1953 BST: The flag waving is beginning in earnest particularly in the Trinidad and Tobagan contingent in the stands. The players are all lined up in the tunnel to prepare to come out for the match.

1949 BST: The smallest nation in the World Cup could be set for the tournament's biggest shock... if they book their place in the knock-out stages of this tournament. This competition has a habit of producing famous and romantic outcomes.
Darren Fletcher, Radio Five Live Sport commentator

1945 BST: The Soca Warriors have drawn their last two games against Paraguay but they need a victory at the very least to keep alive any hope of qualifying for the next round in Germany.

1939 BST: The stands are filling up at Fritz-Walter-Stadion. The other match in Group B may be the big news but the fans of Trinidad and Tobago, who still have a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages, could not care less. They're already producing a mighty noise in Kaiserslautern.

1920 BST: Kelvin Jack will get his first opportunity of the World Cup in Kaiserslautern. Jack injured himself in the warm-up to Trinidad and Tobago's tournament opener against Sweden. His return, though, is at the expense of Shaka Hislop.


Paraguay: Bobadilla, Nunez, Gamarra, Caceres, Caniza, Barreto, Acuna, Paredes, Dos Santos, Santa Cruz, Valdez.
Subs: Bonet, Cabanas, Cuevas, Da Silva, Gavilan, Gomez, Lopez, Manzur, Montiel, Riveros, Toledo, Villar.

Trinidad and Tobago: Jack, Avery John, Sancho, Lawrence, Birchall, Whitley, Edwards, Theobald, Glen, Stern John, Yorke.
Subs: Andrews, Charles, Cox, Gray, Hislop, Ince, Jones, Latapy, Samuel, Scotland, Wise, Wolfe.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

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