BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay

By Chris Bevan
  1. 09:01 Commentary  

    Hello, I'm Chris Bevan - welcome back to a sunny (at the moment) Cape Town. Happy Father's Day... and happy day 10 of the World Cup too (unless you are a Cameroon fan).

  2. 09:05 Commentary  

    And you thought England had problems? Yep, Cameroon's 2-1 defeat by Denmark on Saturday evening means they are first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament - which hasn't exactly been a success story for African nations so far. It was better news for Group E leaders the Netherlands, though, because they became the first nation into the last 16.

  3. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Awwal Yusuf Paiko on WCHYS: "Unimaginable! African football in disarray, what is wrong? And why now? Instead of celebrating Africa's first World Cup, we are mourning day after day. And now the ugly side-Cameroon is going. What an emberassment but anyway, if none of our teams are doing well, let's continue celebrate the excellent event hosted by one of our own - South Africa."

  4. 09:20 Commentary  

    By the way, as this is Father's Day, let's offer our congratulations to the newest World Cup dad. South Korea goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong's wife gave birth to a baby boy on Friday - a day after he conceded four goals against Argentina. "With the baby boy on the way I was determined to play well but as soon as I got into the stadium I forgot all about it," he said. Jung is the second goalkeeper at the tournament to become a father. Michel Vorm's wife gave birth to a son on 13 June and the Netherlands keeper set off on an 11,000 mile round trip after his team's opening game on Monday. Vorm was back with the team on Saturday and on the bench for Saturday's win over Japan.

  5. 09:25 Commentary  

    Three more games for us to enjoy today - starting in Group F with Slovakia v Paraguay (12:30 BST) and Italy v New Zealand (15:00). Then it's over to Group G for Brazil v Ivory Coast (19:30) - can the Elephants put a smile back on the face of African football? I certainly hope so...

  6. 09:31 Commentary  

    Yep, the African sides (or most of them) have failed to shine so far... Only Ghana have managed a win, and even they were held by 10-man Australia on Saturday. Do you lot have any ideas why? If so, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter @chrisbevan_bbc or  join the chat on 606.

  7. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Msee on WCHYS: "The African continent has been let down by an incompetent and disorganised display of the African teams despite them having some of the best club footballers in Europe. It's such a shame they could not rise to the occasion. If anything the quality of football seems to have got worse, with teams lacking the creativity and exuberance of previous years."

  8. 606  

    From 606commentator: "I think that Ivory Coast will beat Brazil tonight - putting an end to suggestions that the African teams have done poorly. They looked strong against Portugal and I think if Sven-Goran Eriksson gets his men to move further up the pitch then it'll be a great game."

  9. 09:54 Commentary  

    Meanwhile, the inquest into England's woeful World Cup (so far) drags on. Amid rumours of unrest in the Capello camp, here's a taster of some of the headlines from today's papers: England morale at an 'all-time low' (Sunday Telegraph); England in meltdown (Sunday Express), Roovolt (News of the World); Serial failures of a flawed generation (Sunday Times). Er, is there ANY good news?

  10. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Wasiu Ajibola on WCHYS: "I think Ghana and Ivory Coast will surely qualify and, as for my darling "super chickens" [Nigeria], I think they still have a chance if they could beat South Korea by 1-0 and hope that Argentina will beat Greece."

  11. SMS  

    From anon: "Shame to see Cameroon go out. They were entertaining and played with skill, heart and passion. England had none of that but are still in. Doesn't seem right."

  12. 10:13 Commentary  

    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher was at the Cameroon-Denmark game last night and has blogged about the ramifications of the Indomitable Lions' premature exit. "It is really disappointing both for us and the continent of Africa," defender Sebastian Bassong said afterwards. "It is a lot of details that made us fail and we have not been at a good level - that is it."

  13. 10:26 Commentary  

    And, in case you missed it, the Sunday Mirror have caught up with the fan who got into the England dressing room and confronted David Beckham after Friday's dismal draw with Algeria. Mortgage advisor Pavlos Joseph claims he was actually looking for a toilet and said: "I told him 'David, we've spent a lot of money coming out here. That was a disgrace and what are you going to do about it?'"

  14. 606  

    From Lelinho: "The surprise today would be New Zealand beating Italy, though Ivory Coast beating Brazil wouldn't shock me if the Portugal game is anything to go by."

  15. Commentary Former England defender Gary Neville on Fabio Capello's tactics  

    "I was surprised at the insistence on continuing to play 4-4-2 against
    Algeria. It was made for Steven Gerrard to get closer to Wayne Rooney; you could see Rooney getting frustrated by the lack of possession. Our best player against Algeria - Gerrard - was sacrificed to the left. He should be in central positions affecting the game like he was in the first match (against the United States). Let's start by playing our best players in their best positions."

  16. Contributor BBC Sport's Harry Redknapp  

    "I've got a feeling if Fabio Capello goes with two up front against Slovenia, as he might, he'll go with Crouch and Rooney. Crouch has a good record for England."

  17. SMS  

    From Music Rab: "I fear its going to take more than a change of tactics to get this England team going."

  18. 10:49 Commentary  

    Just a reminder that you can watch Slovakia v Paraguay live on BBC One and this website (if you are in the UK). Incidentally, we've not heard much from Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss this week after their disappointing draw against New Zealand, which he described as 'a minor sporting tragedy'... "The coach doesn't want the players getting distracted by the media," team spokeswoman Marianna Cizmarova said. "It is as a result of that match (against NZ). He wants them to concentrate on being a team."

  19. 10:55 Commentary  

    Not every team playing badly is blanking the media though... there's an England press conference from Rustenburg coming up at 11:00 BST. I suspect it might be quite interesting - there's plenty to talk about, after all - so I'll bring you some snippets while it's taking place.

  20. 11:02 Commentary  

    A bit more England chat to bring you. FA spokesman Adrian Bevington has denied reports of disharmony in the England camp. Meanwhile, also talking on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek this morning, former midfielder Peter Reid said: "We have to play a lot better and show desire. We looked like a pub team against Algeria. We can only improve."

  21. Contributor BBC Sport's Dan Roan  

    via Twitter: "Capello knows the score - he has 3 days to save his job, and avoid the biggest footballing let down since failing to get to '94."

  22. 11:09 Commentary  

    If you are in the UK, you can watch the England press conference on this website. Former captain John Terry will be speaking to the media... he hasn't arrived yet though.

  23. 11:20 Commentary  

    Ah, here's John Terry now... and the first thing he says is that there is no unrest in the England camp: "I'm here on behalf of the players and we are full behind the manager."

  24. 11:24 Commentary  

    Here's more from England defender John Terry: "I've read about us playing with fear... There are always nerves but it's not an issue. We need to think, go for it, we've got one game against Slovenia where we can make or break our tournament. I don't want to go home early - I am here to win the World Cup."

  25. 11:27 Commentary  

    Well, John Terry is still talking - and I'll let you know if he says anything interesting -but I'm going to concentrate on Slovakia v Paraguay now... hope that's alright?

  26. Commentary Slovakia v Paraguay line-ups  

    Slovakia: 1-Jan Mucha; 2-Peter Pekarik, 3-Martin Skrtel, 16-Jan Durica, 6-Zdeno Strba, 7-Vladimir Weiss, 8-Jan Kozak, 21-Kornel Salata, 17-Marek Hamsik, 11-Robert Vittek, 9-Stanislav Sestak.
    Paraguay: 1-Justo Villar, 6-Carlos Bonet, 21-Antolin Alcaraz, 14-Paulo Da Silva, 3-Claudio Morel, 13-Enrique Vera, 15-Victor Caceres, 16-Cristian Riveros, 9-Roque Santa Cruz, 18-Nelson Valdez, 19-Lucas Barrios.
    Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

  27. Twitter  

    From sushi_football: "Looking forward to Slovakia v Paraguay - Paraguay have to attack and with Santa Cruz, Cardozo, Barrios & Valdez, they sure can."

  28. Commentary Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino  

    "It is difficult to satisfy the people, they have dreams, we want the country to be with us, we don't want to disappoint the country. The only responsibility we have is to qualify, it doesn't matter when it comes or who against."

  29. 11:39 Commentary  

    What was probably most interesting about John Terry had to say was that there will be a meeting between Fabio Capello and the England players later today, when Terry says the squad will be "voicing their opinion" and are not bothered who it upsets. Terry also thinks Joe Cole could make a difference for England, saying: "I personally think he and Wayne Rooney are the only two in the side who can really open up things and are key to breaking down defences. If he's called on, Joe will do a great job."

  30. 11:47 Commentary  

    Back to Slovakia v Paraguay now, which is taking place at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. If you're a bit rusty on your South African geography, why not brush up using our handy venue and stadium guide?

  31. 11:53 Commentary  

    Good news: I've finished my World Cup sticker album - the first time I've managed it since Mexico '86 (when I was nine). The BBC's World Cup photo album is also filling up nicely but there is still work to be done - especially with North Korea. Can you help?

  32. Commentary Slovakia v Paraguay team news  

    Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz starts after overcoming a muscle strain, comes into coach Gerardo Martino's side alongside strikers Lucas Barrios and Nelson Valdez, while midfielder Aureliano Torres drops to the bench. Slovakia make three changes with defenders Marek Cech and Radoslav Zabavnik making way for Kornel Salata and Peter Pekarik and Erik Jendrisek replaced by creative midfielder Jan Kozak.

  33. SMS  

    From Alex in Richmond: "I think it's time for the players to take it into their own hands now. Gerrard must prove he's a true captain and leader, dispelling the 'quiet captain' accusations and go with senior players - Rooney, Lampard, Terry - to Capello and tell them how they want to play, as they're clearly unhappy playing in the current system. Furthermore, this is a tailor-made situation for David Beckham's role to come in to play- the players can go to him if they are uncomfortable approaching Fabio."

    As long as none of them take Nicolas Anelka's (alleged!) approach, I think a frank and open discussion between the players and manager about changing the team system and tactics at tonight's meeting is the best thing. It worked for England in Italia '90 didn't it?

  34. Contributor BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty  

    via Twitter: "John Terry did a superb job speaking to the media. Very passionate & brutally honest - now actions must follow words against Slovenia."

  35. 12:15 Commentary  

    It's all-square in Group F so far, with a point apiece, although Paraguay will probably be happier with their draw with world champions Italy than Slovakia were with being held by a last-gasp New Zealand equaliser. All to play for today then.

  36. Contributor BBC Sport's Roy Hodgson  

    "The group couldn't be more open and I'm sure we are going to see a very open game between these two sides."

  37. Contributor BBC Sport's Lee Dixon  

    "I wanted Roque Santa Cruz to play because we haven't seen a lot of him - he doesn't play a lot and when he does he is a real handful. It looks like Paraguay are going to go for it which is a bit strange because they play New Zealand after this and a draw here and a win against them would send them through."

  38. 12:25 IT'S SUNNY  

    The players are already on the pitch at a sunny Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. LOTS AND LOTS of empty seats, though, sadly. Can they not start letting local schoolkids in to fill them up? It's currently anthem-time... Kick-off will follow very shortly.

  39. 12:30 KICK-OFF Slovakia v Paraguay  

    We're off - Slovakia get us under way. Will be interesting to see how this one goes... they need the win more, no?

  40. 4 mins Commentary  

    Paraguay look more 4-5-1 to me than 4-3-3 but we will see if that changes. Early days but the South Americans have looked brighter so far - Lucas Barrios has sent over a decent cross from the right but nobody could get on the end of it and Roque Santa Cruz has had a deflected shot pushed round the post by Jan Mucha.

  41. 6 mins Commentary  

    Slovakia just haven't settled yet. Marek Hamsik just gave the ball away needlessly, but he is not the only one to do that - his side have barely got out of their own half in the first few minutes.

  42. 9 mins Commentary  

    Free-kick to Paraguay about 35 yards out after Nelson Valdez is caught. Claudio Morel is behind it but Kornel Salata gets his head to it and Slovakia clear.

  43. 10 mins Commentary  

    Oh dear. Slovakia come forward with purpose for the first time and Marek Hamsik's pass releases Jan Durica, in space, on the left. Durica sends over a first-time cross but finds Row Z rather than any of his team-mates.

  44. 13 mins Commentary  

    Paraguay continue to probe but Slovakia are coping easily enough in defence, even if they keep giving the ball straight back to their opponents.

  45. 16 mins Commentary  

    It's very low-key so far. A goal would help, but I don't think Slovakia are in any rush to score one (or concede, obviously) - they need to get Vladimir Weiss Jr in the game more, I think.

  46. 21 mins Commentary  

    Better from Paraguay, who are still doing most of the attacking. First, Claudio Morel bends over a wicked free-kick from the right and it goes over a crowd of players before just evading Paulo Da Silva at the far post. Then, after a flowing move, the ball is pulled back to Cristian Riveros who fires in a swerving shot from the edge of the area but sees it fly straight at Jan Mucha.

  47. 606  

    From The strike of the cescy verminator: "My cousin just walked in and thought this game was the Madrid derby."

  48. 24 mins Commentary  

    Some quality play by Paraguay's Lucas Barrios, who finds Enrique Vera running into the area with a neat back-heel, then collects the return pass and fires a rasping effort just over the bar.

  49. 25 mins Commentary  

    Another Paraguay attack, and another shot off target. This time Nelson Valdez tries his luck from 25 yards, but his low effort rolls harmlessly wide.

  50. Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Keown  

    "At the moment Paraguay are shooting from distance and not showing that much in the final third but I just feel it is a matter of time before they really get their game together."

  51. 27 mins GOAL Slovakia 0-1 Paraguay  

    It was coming, wasn't it? Lucas Barrios is involved again, slipping the ball into the path of Enrique Vera who is bursting into the area and finds the perfect finish with the outside of his right boot, bending the ball around Jan Mucha and into the corner of the net. A superb goal.

  52. 31 mins Commentary  

    Right, hopefully that will bring Slovakia out of their shells... It has to really.

  53. 34 mins Commentary  

    So, any better from Slovakia? Yes. They are showing far more urgency for a start and have already flashed a couple of balls across the face of goal. But Paraguay are still looking dangerous too and a long ball into the box finds Lucas Barrios, who cannot quite bring the ball down under pressure.

  54. 36 mins Commentary  

    Slovakia come forward again - this is more like it. Antolin Alcaraz gets Paraguay out of jail with a last-ditch challenge to deny Stanislav Sestak, then Marek Hamsik brings the ball forward but his lobbed pass for Sestak is just too strong.

  55. 39 mins Commentary  

    Paraguay remain on the back-foot as we get closer to half-time. This time, Jan Kozak fires over a corner and Kornel Salata leaps highest to meet it, but cannot keep his header down.

  56. 41 mins Commentary  

    Still, any more defending like that and Slovakia's World Cup will soon be over. They dally in possession from a free-kick in their own half and Enrique Vela darts in. The ball breaks for Roque Santa Cruz, who runs in on goal... but his shot is easily kept out by Jan Mucha, who sticks out a leg to stop it.

  57. Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Keown  

    "For me, Slovakia's Vladimir Weiss needs to iron his game out and only use his tricks when he has to. His father is the coach of the team and he should be telling him."

  58. 43 mins YELLOW CARD  

    The first booking of the game goes to Slovakia's Jan Durica, who gets to the ball before Cristian Riveros, but catches the Paraguayan with his trailing leg.

  59. 606  

    From darkanddom: "Excellent goal for Paraguay. Watch out for Mexico, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay. These four teams look set to upset the pecking order in this World Cup."

  60. 45 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Paraguay's goalscorer Enrique Vera goes gets a yellow after a bit of a tangle with Jan Durica. Not sure about that one.

  61. HALF-TIME Slovakia 0-1 Paraguay  

    Paraguay probably deserve their lead. Slovakia have got to improve - they trail to a lovely goal by Enrique Vera - and haven't really looked like getting an equaliser.

  62. Contributor BBC Sport's Roy Hodgson  

    "Slovakia didn't show much attacking flair in the first half-hour when they just played long balls up to Robert Vittek... but in the last few minutes before half-time, when they got the ball into the box from crosses they looked much more dangerous."

  63. 606  

    From Telloth: "Vlad Weiss is looking sharp. He's showing good skill and is only being shut down by two or three Paraguayan defenders. He could be key to Slovakia getting back in this."

  64. Twitter  

    From pkoconnor: "I'm fancying Paraguay as an unlikely contender for the final at the moment. Dark horse of the competition?

  65. 13:32 Commentary  

    The players are back out at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. No changes yet - and Paraguay have just got the second half started.

  66. 48 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Stanislav Sestak brings down Cristian Riveros with a wild lunge. He gets a yellow card and Paraguay have a free-kick. Claudio Morel swings it in again but Slovakia clear their lines, eventually. Not the greatest start by them though.

  67. 49 mins Commentary  

    Better from Slovakia - they move the ball around quickly as they advance forward and it takes a timely challenge by Paraguay's Nelson Valdez, who has tracked back, to win the ball back on the edge of his own area.

  68. Twitter  

    From SportBerksy: "Nice to see Paraguay pressing the ball all the time, it makes it so difficult for the other team to play. Take note England."

  69. 53 mins Commentary  

    As BBC pundit Roy Hodgson said at half-time, Slovakia's best hope is getting down the flanks and getting crosses in. They do just that here... And Stanislav Sestak's whipped ball in from the right is only just too high for Robert Vittek.

  70. 606  

    From deez08: "Slovakia need to get Marek Hamsik on the ball in the second half, otherwise this game will be over!"

  71. 59 mins Commentary  

    Slovakia are having the majority of possession now, as we approach the hour mark, helped by some sloppy play by Paraguay, but they are still no nearer to a sight of goal in this half. The South Americans have got enough men back to make sure of that.

  72. 61 mins Commentary  

    Paraguay's first attack for a while sees Carlos Bonet get forward well down the right and send over a decent ball that Slovakia struggle to clear. When they do, Stanislav Sestak tries to break clear but he does not have the pace to trouble Paulo Da Silva. Vladimir Weiss Sr might want to make a change or two soon, I think.

  73. 64 mins Commentary  

    Jan Durica is the next full-back to join an attack, marauding forward down the left for Slovakia, but Paulo Da Silva is over again to cover. I'm still not convinced Slovakia have what it takes to break Paraguay down, as things stand, but there is still around half-an-hour left for them to prove me wrong...

  74. Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Keown  

    "Paraguay are just coasting now. The emphasis is on Slovakia to get back into this game but you feel Paraguay still have a few extra gears to find if they need to."

  75. 68 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Paraguay don't half keep working hard when they lose possession, wherever that is. Nelson Valdez has just shown exactly what it means to defend from the front, by chasing the ball down tirelessly near the right-hand corner of the Slovakia area. Valdez has been carrying a knock and has put in quite a shift so it's probably not surprising that he has just been replaced by Aureliano Torres.

  76. 72 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Slovakia have made a change too. Filip Holosko is on for Stanislav Sestak to freshen up their attack but it is Paraguay who are threatening. Roque Santa Cruz gets a decent ball in and Enrique Vera is inches away from getting his second goal of the game when he heads wide. He should have done better there, to be honest.

  77. 76 mins Commentary  

    It's still not really happening for Slovakia. Marek Hamsik fouls Carlos Bonet as he chases a ball down the left, and, considering their World Cup is hanging in the balance, they are not exactly piling on the pressure.

  78. 79 mins Commentary  

    Paraguay substitute Aureliano Torres has a pop from about 25 yards out... and it's not a bad one. The ball flies over, but not by much.

  79. Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Keown  

    "Slovakia are behind but they just seem happy to contain Paraguay."

  80. 83 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Another change for both teams. Midfielder Miroslav Stoch, formerly of Chelsea, is replacing defender Kornel Salata for Slovakia and Oscar Cardozo comes on for fellow frontman Lucas Barrios for Paraguay.

  81. 85 mins GOAL Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay  

    Game over. Paulo Da Silva meets a free-kick at the far post and, although his header is blocked, he is still able to tee up Cristian Riveros on the edge of the box, who smashes an unstoppable shot past Jan Mucha.

  82. 89 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Edgar Barretto is on Enrique Vera for Paraguay, who you have to very much fancy to see this one out in the next few minutes. There aren't that many South American fans at the Free State Stadium, but the ones that are here are definitely enjoying themselves now.

  83. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    Slovakia will have four minutes of added time to try to salvage something from this game. Vlad Weiss jr has just had a go at doing just that but his shot from range was way off target.

  84. 92 mins Commentary  

    Slovakia save their best effort of the game until the 92nd minute. Robert Vittek gets plenty of power behind his shot from the edge of the area but Justo Villar is equal to it, leaping to tip the ball over his bar. I can't remember the Paraguayan keeper having to do too much else today...

  85. FULL-TIME Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay  

    A fully-deserved win for Paraguay, who go top of Group F with four points from two games. Slovakia looked short of ideas and have to beat Italy to have any chance of making the last 16.

  86. Contributor BBC Sport's Mick McCarthy  

    "They had a little scare before half-time when Slovakia tried to get back into the game but, apart from that, Paraguay were completely comfortable."

  87. 606  

    From redandblackT: "Seems Slovakia haven't recovered from that last-minute New Zealand equaliser."

  88. 606  

    From dziekanowskisboots: "Slovakia have been worse than England. Hard to believe but true."

  89. 14:36 Commentary  

    Right, that's me done for today - plenty more football to come, though, obviously. For starters, join Jonathan Stevenson now for Italy v New Zealand... followed by Brazil v Ivory Coast. I'll see you lot again on Monday.

By Ian Hughes

Paraguay took a big step towards a place in the last 16 with a stylish victory over a sluggish Slovakia that lifted them to the top of Group F.

A fine goal by Enrique Vera, curled in with the outside of his boot, gave the South Americans the lead and Carlos Riveros made the game safe with a brilliant late strike.

With a final group match against unfancied New Zealand to come, they must now be confident of reaching the knockout stages.

For Slovakia, their inability to raise their game has left them facing an early exit - particularly as they end their group fixtures against reigning champions Italy.

Two draws in the opening matches had left the group finely poised and Paraguay took the chance to assume control by deservedly clinching their first win.

It was achieved by a textbook execution of a high-pressing game and by maximising the attacking options from their 4-3-3 formation.

The interchanges between the frontline of Nelson Valdez, Lucas Barrios and Roque Santa Cruz - particularly in the first half - caused Slovakia all manner of problems.

And once again in this World Cup, it was a case of the latin brand of short, sharp passing and excellent movement dominating the more rigid European style.

For the first half an hour, Paraguay attacked at will - a deflected Santa Cruz shot brought a fine save from Jan Mucha, Paulo da Silva was inches away from a teasing cross and Cristian Riveros fired in a low shot from outside the box.

Exquisite interplay between Vera and Barrios saw the latter shoot just over before Valdez also fizzed an effort too high.

The breakthrough came on 27 minutes when a sublime Barrios pass split the defence and Vera curled the ball into the corner of the goal with the outside of the boot.

Only then did Slovakia stir and finally created a chance when a corner found Kornel Salata unmarked but he headed over the bar.

Paraguay immediately hit back and almost doubled their advantage after sloppy Slovakian defending let in Santa Cruz, whose low shot was kept out by the foot of keeper Mucha.

After the break, the Paraguayans appeared to play within themselves - sometimes a dangerous policy with such a slender lead to defend.

But Slovakia's lack of invention, flair and creativity was apparent as still they failed to exert any sustained pressure, a Stanislav Sestak cross that evaded Robert Vittek summing up the ineffectiveness of their play.

By contrast, when Paraguay broke from their policy of containment, they came within inches of extending their lead as Santa Cruz delivered an accurate centre and Vera sent his downward header narrowly past the upright.

Much had been expected of Slovakia playmaker Marek Hamsik but the Napoli man was desperately disappointing throughout and he was unable to inspire his team-mates.

Hamsik and his side were unable to find any cohesion and they were finally put out of their misery when Riveros smashed in a fierce drive from the edge of the box.

And while Paraguay have virtually secured their passage out of the group - they need only a point from their final match against New Zealand - Slovakia's failure to get out of first gear has put them on the brink of elimination.

Slovakia Slovakia Flag 0-2 Paraguay Flag Paraguay FT

(HT 0-1)

 Vera, 27
Riveros, 86






  • Venue: Free State stadium
  • Referee: E Maillet
  • Attendance: 26,643
Slovakia     Paraguay
  • Possession 45%
  • Attempts on target 2
  • Attempts off target 2
  • Corners 3
  • Fouls 16

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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