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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Talk about Paraguay
Have your say on Paraguay's progress
Paraguay crash out of the tournament in the second round courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to Germany in Seogwipo.

Was their World Cup a success?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


I think at this stage losing 1-0 or 4-0 is the same. You're out anyway. As a Paraguayan I would have liked to see my country winning. I saw them losing without fighting or dignity. We didn't risk enough. Germany is the most boring team in the world, and we didn't do anything to even try to defeat them.
Edgar, Paraguay/ Uk

Why did Paraguay wait until the 90th minute to bring on Cuevas? He single handedly got Paraguay out of the group stages with two brilliant goals against Slovenia and then Maldini leaves him on the bench against Germany. I can't make any sense of it. The three minutes he played were Paraguay's best in an otherwise dull game.
Keith, Canada

How did Maldini expect to knock out a Germany side lacking in attacking skills and full of defending prowess by playing defensive football? Paraguay's tactics played right into the Germany's strengths. Even the full backs were crossing balls today, and why couldn't Paraguay play attacking football? How does one win a knock out match by defensive football. through shoot-outs? I ask you Maldini
Rex, Germany

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A superb comeback, from being dead and buried to finish with one of the best goals of the tournament so far.
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Geraint, Wales
Why didn't Paraguay try to score against a depleted German team? Serves them right.
Mark Corder, England

Good riddance, I am sorry to say. I was pulling for Paraguay through the group stage, but on this performance they thoroughly deserved elimination. Their game plan of packing the defence and hoping for the swift counter made for possibly the most boring game of the tournament so far (vying with England/Nigeria). Thank God it did not succeed. I would not relish having to sit through another 90 minutes like that.
Tim Richardson, USA

Well done Maldini! Let's hope for an Italy v Paraguay final - the son versus his father!
Mauro, UK

A superb comeback, from being dead and buried to finish with one of the best goals of the tournament so far! Good luck next game - hopefully Santa Cruz can use his knowledge of Ollie Khan and upset the form book.
Geraint, Wales

I just want to say what a plucky little nation Paraguay are! I had the fortune to visit there last month. There's no comparable nation in the World Cup. Paraguay is tiny and only has a population of 4 million. It's desperately poor but they play with all their heart and I hope they do well.
Adam Linfield, Chester, UK

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Nice to see some daring and inventiveness in this World Cup
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Mara, Italy

Paraguay's comeback against Slovenia was very impressive and showed they have great team spirit which other countries could do with following. If there's one thing that I want to see from this World Cup it is Chilavert scoring with one of his 'Beckham eat your heart out' free kicks! Superb.
Bob Southwell, Scotland

Congratulations to Paraguay for making it so far against all odds and despite tons of bad luck, this team is really something exciting to watch. Nice to see some daring and inventiveness in this World Cup that can often get so dull.

I hope Senor Chilavert is on the phone to the Spanish camp to thank them for saving Paraguay's bacon, despite his complete lack of respect for Spain. Maybe after recent performances he should play outfield permanently, he certainly seems to be better at free kicks than in goal.
Santiago Alonso,England

Paraguay's football in this competition has been patch at best with flashes of their great form in the qualifiers. Despite the best efforts of Chilavert who still appears to be pulling the strings, I'm afraid we will be bidding farewell to these seasoned South Americans.
Paddy B,England

I'm really sad for what is happening with Paraguay. I guess the bad results are a combination of vital players not playing at their best, a lack of physical strength to sustain a game for 90 minutes and some poor decisions from Maldini. We still have a hope to qualify to second round.
Junior,USA

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Nobody denies the capacity and skills of Maldini, but with no real knowledge of the team's individualities and with little time left, it was not time to try a new coach
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Nelson, USA
Paraguay had it coming. Why would they hire a European coach (an Italian at that) to take charge of the team? Now, look what's happened, they have played two games which they could have won; but instead, twice now they have chosen to be defensive after being in front, and they have paid both times.
Patrick, USA


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