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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Cuevas the toast of Paraguay
Cuevas is buried beneath celebrating Paraguayans
Cuevas is buried beneath celebrating Paraguayans

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Substitutes Nelson Cuevas and Jorge Campos are the toast of Paraguay after helping their team to victory over Slovenia and a place in the last 16.

Both came on after half-time, when Slovenia led 1-0, and helped to turn the game into a 3-1 victory for ten-man Paraguay, with Cuevas scoring twice.

Paraguyan daily newspaper Noticias says on its website that coach Cesare Maldini appeared to be hiding the two players until all seemed lost.

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But, from the moment Maldini finally threw them into the action, the team "changed its face".

It continued: "Fortunately Maldini eventually put his money on two players who, from the beginning, had been demanded by everybody because they could change the team."

According to the newspaper, the whole nation had wanted to see Cuevas start "apart from Maldini".

When he belatedly got his opportunity, the forward introduced the world to "Paraguay's new football".

Newspaper ABC Color says the two substitutes were "the greatest architects of Paraguay's remarkable feat".

It continues: "The route to qualification meant more suffering than ever and, for that reason, much more pleasure as well."

ABC Color marks Cuevas 10 out of 10 while Diario de Noticias calls him "a fantastic player" who was able to make a "historic day" complete.

Noticias, however, refuses to be carried away by the result and thinks another triumph, this time against Germany on Saturday, is "almost impossible".

It concludes: "Paraguay have already done what they were supposed to do."


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SPAIN 3 +5 9
PARAGUAY 3 0 4
SOUTH AFRICA 3 0 4
SLOVENIA 3 -5 0

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