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Paraguay

  1. Italy 1-1 Paraguay
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report

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Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Total Paraguay
23|29 Total Paraguay
Goals Assists
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
83|76 Total Paraguay
9|0 Total Paraguay

Team profile

Paraguay are the great overachievers of South American football, competing in their fourth successive World Cup despite having a population of just 6.5m. The Guaran´┐Ż always looked in control during qualifying, beating Argentina, Brazil and Chile. They have made the last 16 in two of the last three World Cups, and a kind draw means hopes are high they can do so again in 2010.

However, the last 18 months have been difficult. A slightly disappointing end to qualifying saw Paraguay limp across the finishing line, and subsequent friendly results have been mixed - a creditable draw with the Netherlands was preceded by defeat by Qatar. While undoubtedly strong up front, due to the likes of Roque Santa Cruz and Oscar Cardozo, they are short of creativity and goal threat from midfield, so coach Gerardo Martino must make up for those shortcomings by getting his tactics right. He has experimented with both 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 and beat Brazil using three strikers, an uncharacteristically bold selection. That fluidity could make Paraguay awkward opponents.

Squad List

NO POS PLAYER CLUB AGE CAPS
1 GK Justo Villar Valladolid 33 77
2 DF Dario Veron Pumas de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico 30 29
3 DF Claudio Morel Boca Juniors 32 32
4 DF Denis Caniza Leon 35 99
5 DF Julio Cesar Caceres Boca Juniors 30 62
6 MF Carlos Bonet Olimpia de Asuncion 32 65
7 FW Oscar Cardozo Benfica 27 33
8 MF Edgar Barreto Atalanta 25 50
9 FW Roque Santa Cruz Man City 28 74
10 FW Edgar Benitez Pachuca 22 15
11 MF Jonathan Santana Wolfsburg 28 25
12 GK Diego Barreto Cerro Porteno 28 3
13 MF Enrique Vera Deportiva Quito 31 32
14 DF Paulo Da Silva Sunderland 30 75
15 MF Victor Caceres Libertad 25 30
16 MF Cristian Riveros Sunderland 27 54
17 DF Aureliano Torres Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro 28 31
18 FW Nelson Valdez Borussia Dortmund 26 42
19 FW Lucas Barrios Borussia Dortmund 25 7
20 MF Nestor Ortigoza Asociacion Atletica Argentinos Juniors 25 7
21 DF Antolin Alcaraz Club Bruges 27 9
22 GK Aldo Bobadilla Corporacion Deportiva Independiente Medellin 34 19
23 FW Rodolfo Gamarra Libertad 21 3

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Group A Teams W D L GD PTS
Uruguay 2 1 0 4 7
Mexico 1 1 1 1 4
South Africa 1 1 1 -2 4
France 0 1 2 -3 1
Group B Teams W D L GD PTS
Argentina 3 0 0 6 9
South Korea 1 1 1 -1 4
Greece 1 0 2 -3 3
Nigeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C Teams W D L GD PTS
USA 1 2 0 1 5
England 1 2 0 1 5
Slovenia 1 1 1 0 4
Algeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group D Teams W D L GD PTS
Germany 2 0 1 4 6
Ghana 1 1 1 0 4
Australia 1 1 1 -3 4
Serbia 1 0 2 -1 3
Group E Teams W D L GD PTS
Netherlands 3 0 0 4 9
Japan 2 0 1 2 6
Denmark 1 0 2 -3 3
Cameroon 0 0 3 -3 0
Group F Teams W D L GD PTS
Paraguay 1 2 0 2 5
Slovakia 1 1 1 -1 4
New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3
Italy 0 2 1 -1 2
Group G Teams W D L GD PTS
Brazil 2 1 0 3 7
Portugal 1 2 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 1 1 1 1 4
North Korea 0 0 3 -11 0
Group H Teams W D L GD PTS
Spain 2 0 1 2 6
Chile 2 0 1 1 6
Switzerland 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 0 1 2 -3 1

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