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Lineker's Verdict

Paraguay Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Paraguay star player, Nelson Cuevas
World Cup record:
 1930   First round
 1950   First round
 1958   First round
 1986   Second round
 1998   Second round
 2002   Second round

Did you know?
Wandering Paraguay goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert once strayed out of his penalty area and into the political arena. He suggested that Brazil should return territory it seized during a war between the two countries more than a century ago. Brazil chose not to bow down to his request.

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Cesare Maldini
Nelson Cuevas
I did expect Paraguay to qualify for the knock-out stages Ė but they made hard work of it.

They were 2-0 up against South Africa in the first match and only came away with a draw, which meant that after losing to Spain, everything came down to their match against Slovenia.

A man down and a goal down at half-time they looked dead and buried.

But what a comeback. Three goals, two from the lively Nelson Cuevas, and they were through Ė breathtaking stuff.

But it was a case of after the Lord Mayorís show from that stage on. The second round meeting against Germany was dull fare indeed and after a late goal, Jose Luis Chilavert et al were on the plane home.

Chilavert may have piled on a few pounds these days but he remains one of the entertainers of world football. Itís just a shame his team-mates didnít measure up when it came to the crunch.

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Group B: v South Africa 2-2; v Spain 1-3; v Slovenia 3-1; Second round: v Germany 0-1.



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