Sunday, June 20, 2010

Powerful Paraguay wins..

Group F, 11:30 GMT, June 20, 2010
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa

0 - 2

Scoring Summary

 Enrique Vera (27')
 Cristian Riveros (86')

Man of the Match: Lucas Barrios


  • Man of the Match: Lucas Barrios - He has scored three goals and delivered two assists in his first five games for Paraguay and his throughball found Enrique Vera in the right place to net the opener. A talented and quick thinking performer whose stock is on the rise.

  • Slovakia verdict: Set up to defend in the first-half, and nothing really changed after they went a goal down. A lack of ambition, probably coupled with a desire not to be embarrassed by the bigger teams in the competition, has hindered their abilty to pull off a shock and only Vladimir Weiss shone. Quite disappointing.

  • Paraguay verdict: Still missing something from the attacking performances we saw in qualifying, Paraguay were solid and their front three of Santa Cruz, Barrios and Valdez were lively. Right winger Vera looked to get forward a lot and was rewarded with a goal, while Cristian Riveros rounded things off in style.

  • Could do better: Marek Hamsik - For someone who has seen so much hype around his performances for Napoli (he scored 12 goals for them last season), Hamsik has not stamped his mark on the tournament and could not get hold of the ball. Closed down too easily, he did not have the space to find his team-mates and was hardly in the game.

  • Stat attack: Before the game, seven of Paraguay's last nine wins had been by a 1-0 scoreline, so they were glad of Riveros' clincher.

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