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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK
Maldini: One win will do
England celebrate a goal in their 4-0 thrashing of Paraguay at Anfield in April
Paraguay were thrashed by England in April
Paraguay coach Cesare Maldini is playing down the South American side's World Cup expectations, saying they simply want to win a match.

Paraguay, in Group B along with Spain, Slovenia and South Africa, have never advanced beyond the second round in five World Cup appearances.

"I don't want to make forecasts because I could end up with egg on my face," Maldini said after supervising the squad's first training session since arriving in South Korea.

"Our goal in this World Cup is initially to win a single match. Of course, we want to win every game but it is a strong group."

Paraguay open their campaign against South Africa on 2 June, play Spain on 7 June and Slovenia five days later.

Attacked

Italian Maldini, who took over the national side from Sergio Markarian, has experienced an upturn in fortunes after a harrowing first few months in the job.

He has constantly been castigated in the Paraguayan media over his team selections and his apparent unwillingness to spend time in the impoverished country.

Maldini came under further pressure when Paraguay were thrashed 4-0 in a warm-up game by England.

But he secured his first win when the South Americans inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Sweden in Stockholm earlier this month.

"It was the first time I had worked with a full-strength team and we demonstrated that we are a good side," he said.

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