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Paraguay
0
 
1
Spain
 0-1D. Villa  83'
HT: 0-0
Ellis Park (Attendance: 55,359)
Referee: Carlos Batres Gonzalez
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Paraguay vs. Spain
Minute Commentary
94' SPAIN PROGRESS (JUST)
Spain banish the demons, at last. Mr Reliable, David Villa, got the only goal to kill off a brave Paraguay side, who had a goal ruled out for offside and even missed a penalty. Spain's questionable bottle was called into question on more than one occasion, no more so when Xabi Alonso saw his retaken penalty saved by Justo Villar, but that man Villa, shackled for well over an hour, was the difference-maker as Spain booked their place in the last four of a World Cup for the first time in their history. It finishes, Spain 1-0 Paraguay.
92' OUCH!
Sergio Ramos takes one for the team - Jonathan Santana's wild boot to the face - and needs attention.
90' TIME ADDED ON
Three minutes' time added on...
89' ALMOST A SECOND
Spain counter at blistering speed, but Justo Villar makes a fine save to deny Villa his second of the night.
88' WHAT A STOP!
Surely Paraguay's last chance. Iker Casillas spills from Roque Santa Cruz, before recovering to make the most heroic of blocks to keep out the follow-up.
85' THREE-PRONGED ATTACK
Spain are going for the jugular. Fabregas and Iniesta combine, before Villa - from his favoured left-sided position - curls one high and wide.
84' SUBSTITUTION
Final Spanish change as Carlos Marchena replaces the tiring Carles Puyol.
82' GOAAAAL!!!!
There's the breakthrough, and it's Spain who get it. Andres Iniesta shakes off a couple of tired challenges, before sliding in Pedro. His effort comes back off the post to DAVID VILLA, who takes a touch and bends the ball into the net via the inside of the left-hand post. Talk about jammy.
79' TICK TOCK
Little over ten minutes left for a winner, then. Otherwise, we're heading for extra time. The question is, will either side take a late gamble?
77' AGEING LEGS
Carles Puyol's looked suspect tonight, but he does just enough, there, to see out the onrushing Oscar Cardozo on the edge of the 'D'.
75' SUBSTITUTION
Another change for Spain as Xabi Alonso makes way for Pedro in midfield.
74' POWER OF THE PUNCH
Xavi floats the ensuing corner over to the back post, where Justo Villar springs off his line to punch clear. Superb keeping.
74' NOT CLICKING
David Villa cries 'penalty' as he goes to ground in the Paraguay box. Never a penalty, but Spain come again and Inista's cross is cut out at the near post. Corner...
73' SUBSTITUTION
Roque Santa Cruz comes on at the expense of Nelson Valdez, who's worked his socks off in attack.
71' YELLOW CARD
Claudio Morel is booked for preventing Spain from taking a quick free kick. Xavi then drifts his second attempt wide of the upright from 40-yards.
69' THE GAME IS ALIVE
Spain suddenly look like a side hoping to book a place in the last four of a World Cup. Paraguay, though, to their credit, continue to press to great effect.
67' MAGIC SPONGE
Carles Puyol catches the thigh of Nelson Valdez, who needs a spot of treatment. He'll be ok.
65' SUBSTITUTION
Fresh legs for Paraguay as Enrique Vera replaces Edgar Barreto.
64' YELLOW CARD
Victor Caceres picked up a yellow card in the spot-kick melee, presumably for voicing his disapproval at the referee's decision to award Spain a penalty to start with.
63' FLYING SAVE
In a flash, Alonso-Fabregas-Iniesta and bang. A fine curling effort from the Barca man that's expertly clawed away by penalty hero Justo Villar.
61' SAVED!
No he can't. This time, Alonso goes low to the keeper's left and gets it all wrong. Cracking stop from Paraguay stopper Justo Villar - Spain want another penalty as Fabreagas chases the rebound - but nothing's given. Incredible stuff at both ends.
60' RETAKE
Xabi Alonso sends the keeper the wrong way, but the whistle goes for encroachment. Alonso must take it again. Can he keep his head?
59' PENALTY!
Amazing stuff. David Villa chases Iker Casillas' route one punt and is bundled over by Alcaraz, who escapes with just a yellow card despite being the last man. Xabi Alonso to take...
58' SAVED!
Iker Casillas guesses right - well, left actually - and Spain are off the hook. Poor effort from Cardozo, that.
57' PENALTY!
Drama of the highest order! Oscar Cardozo peels away from Pique as Valdez swings in a corner. He goes down and Paraguay have a penalty...
56' SUBSTITUTION
No surprises, then, as Cesc Fabregas replaces the drastically off-colour Fernando Torres.
53' WOEFUL DELIVERY
Veron concedes a free kick for a foul on Iniesta out on the left. Xavi's delivery can best be described as average.
51' FORCED OUT WIDE
David Villa pounces on a mistake by Morel and bursts into the Paraguay box. Alcaraz battles back, though, and forces his man wide.
49' PARAGUAY HUSTLE
Alcaraz and co. continue to press the Spanish players, each and every time they look to forge a way through. Iniesta and Torres are pushed away from goal before losing possession. How long can the South Americans keep this up for?
47' AS YOU WERE
Paraguay start the second as they did the first. Caceres pings one up towards livewire Nelson Valdez, but Casillas gets there first.
46' SECOND HALF
Up and running again in Johannesburg. Amazingly, Fernando Torres is still on the pitch.
45' HALF TIME
So far so good for Paraguay. The South Americans have stifled Spain's key players - Xavi, Iniesta and Villa - who just haven't had a sniff. Indeed, Paraguay have looked the more likely and even had a goal ruled out for offside just before the break. If Martino's side can keep it up, Spain's history of bottling the big occasion may come back to haunt them.
44' VALDEZ ON THE RUN
Nelson Valdez surges towards goal and cuts inside Carles Puyol with consummate ease. It opens up for him, but he spoons it into row M.
42' COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
Xavi strides forward through midfield, but over-hits his Villa-bound pass. He puts so much on it, in fact, that it even eludes the nippy Capdevila.
40' RULED OUT
Paraguay have the ball in the net, but it won't count. Cardozo rises to meet a long, right-wing cross that falls at the feet of Nelson Valdez. He takes it down well and slides it past Casillas only for the flag to go up against Cardozo.
38' WELL-DRILLED
No joy for Del Bosque's side; Paraguay are refusing to let them play and, as the game goes on, will fancy their chances of nicking a place in the last four.
35' LET OFF
Nelson Valdez spreads the play wide left to Santana, who bombs up the flank and hangs one up for Oscar Cardozo, who hurls himself goalwards at the far post, but the ball just eludes him. Once more, Spain were all at sea.
33' BRICK WALL
Iniesta is tripped by Morel and Spain have a free-kick in a promising position, 25-yards from goal. Capdevila, though, drills it at the defensive wall.
31' FINDING THEIR FEET
Just the odd sign in the last few minutes that Spain are beginning to find a bit of tiki-taki rhythm. Xavi, for example, is seeing plenty of the ball.
29' XAVI ROCKET
That's more like it. Xavi kills the ball on the thigh about 30 yards out, spins on a sixpence and fizzes a superbly-struck volley just inches over Justo Villar's crossbar. Fantastic technique.
26' MINOR IMPROVEMENT
David Villa is at last involved after some good work by Xavi. He wins a corner that's only half cleared, before the battling Torres is bustled off the ball in the Paraguay box. Very well-drilled at the back, Paraguay.
23' SLOPPY
Typical of Spain's play so far, Pique sells Capdevila short with a tame and wayward pass that just reaches its target. Just.
21' A WHISKER AWAY
Morel floats in a long free kick that catches Pique napping and Wigan-bound Antolin Alcaraz is only centimetres away from applying the telling touch. Spain just switched off.
19' THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Andres Iniesta superbly rolls his marker, before being, somewhat crudely, stopped in his tracks. Xavi takes it quickly, but passes straight to Antolin Alcaraz. D'oh!
17' REVENGE ATTACK
Jonathan Santana's ok to continue and is quick to clatter Sergio Ramos. No booking, mind.
15' BLOODY RAMOS
Jonathan Santana must have taken a whack to the nose, just moments ago, in a challenge with Sergio Ramos. He's off the field and Paraguay are temporarily down to ten.
13' LATIN PASSION
Gerard Pique steps across in the nick of time just as Valdez threatened to put on the afterburners, having left Ramos for dead. Up the other end, and Dario Veron expertly holds off the touchline-hugging run of David Villa.
11' POT SHOT
Riveros is involved again and wins a free kick in shooting territory under Ramos' late challenge. Claudio Morel fancies it, but predictably sends his 35-yarder off target.
9' HALF CHANCE
Victor Caceres swings an inviting ball into the Spain box, and up pops Cristian Riveros to nod the ball harmlessly over. Still, a decent chance that has the alarm bells ringing in the Spanish camp.
7' OFF TARGET
Xabi Alonso's long ranger sails behind off a defender as Spain win a corner. Xavi lands the ensuing kick on the head of Sergio Ramos, but it's well off the mark from the right-back.
5' EL NINO SANDWICH
Xabi Alonso slides a ball up to Fernando Torres, who finds himself stuck between two Paraguay shirts. No chance for El Nino, there.
3' INTENT
Bright start from Martino's side, who are enjoying the lion's share of possession in the opening few minutes. Hats off to the manager, who made a whopping six changes to his starting XI.
1' ON THE OFFENSIVE
Paraguay's new-look side are immediately on the attack. Cardozo feeds Jonathan Santana on the edge of the box, but his right-footed strike is straight at Iker Casillas. That's already more than the South Americans offered against Japan.
0' WE'RE OFF
The ball's rolling at Ellis Park Stadium. Jogi Loew's Messi-shackling Germans await tonight's victor.
0' THE ANTHEMS
A strictly Latin feel to both anthems and plenty of passion to boot. Kick-off in Johannesburg is just moments away...
0' HERE THEY COME
The Spanish-speaking tongues are wagging as the teams make their way down the tunnel. After a minor technical hitch, skippers Iker Casillas and Justo Villar take to the microphone to reel off a quick piece on anti-discrimination before the national anthems.
0' REF WATCH
Guatemalan referee Carlos Batres takes charge of his third game of the tournament, having overseen Algeria-Slovenia and Italy-New Zealand during the group stages. The 42-year-old received an earful from both camps after the Kiwis held Marcelo Lippi's Azzurri to a shock 1-1 draw, and will have to up his game later this evening in a game in which one bad call could prove terminal.
0' YELLOW PERIL
Paraguay's Enrique Vera, Cristian Riveros and Roque Santa Cruz are just one booking from a one-match ban, while Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso - the only Spanish player of the finals to be booked - will also miss the semi final, if booked and Spain progress.
0' THE TEAMS ARE IN
Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz, Lucas Barrios and Edgar Benitez, none of whom have found the net yet, drop to the bench in three of six changes to the side that overcame Japan on penalties. Carlos Bonet, Enrique Vera and Nestor Ortigoza also miss out, with Oscar Cardozo, Nelson Valdez, Dario Veron, Victor Caceres, Edgar Barreto and Jonathan Santana coming in. Spain's Fernando Torres holds off the challenge of Fernando Llorente as Vicente Del Bosque names the same side that beat Portugal in the last 16....
0' PREDICTION
It goes without saying that Paraguay need to offer a lot more up top if they're to progress. Defensively, they've proved a tough nut to crack, with only Italy breaking through their well-drilled back line, but they'll do well to keep the predator-like David Villa at bay: Spain 2-1 Paraguay.
0' THE ROUTE SO FAR
Against the odds, dark horses Paraguay topped Group F above 2006 World Cup winners Italy, as well as Slovakia and New Zealand, but that early hype appeared to disappear as nerves almost got the better of them against Japan. As for Spain, a 1-0 opening loss to Switzerland brought back memories of recent big stage failures, but wins over Honduras and Chile saw the Spaniards top Group H, and David Villa's 63rd-minute strike - his fourth goal of the tournament - against Iberian neighbours Portugal secured a spot in the quarter-finals.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has no fresh injury or suspension concerns. Midfielder Victor Caceres, who missed the last-16 win against Japan due to suspension, will likely be drafted back into the starting line-up. Spain gaffer Vicente del Bosque is expected to keep faith in the same starting XI that ousted Portugal, despite Fernando Torres' inability to find the net. Centre-back Raul Albiol remains sidelined through injury.
0' PREVIEW
With the shock opening day loss to Switzerland a distant memory, Spain are finally beginning to show glimpses of the side that banished umpteen years of underachievement two years ago in Austria and Switzerland. The European Champions, though, haven't been to the last four of a World Cup in 60 years - a drought they'll finally look to end at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium. But, in a tournament of twists and turns, could it be La Furja Roja's history of disappointing on the big stage that proves their undoing, rather than World Cup surprise package Paraguay?
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Teams
Paraguay
(4-4-2)
Justo Villar1
Darío Verón2
Paulo César Da Silva14
59' Antolín Alcaraz21
71' Claudio Morel Rodríguez3
64' Edgar Barreto8
59' 84' Víctor Javier Cáceres15
Cristian Riveros16
88' Jonathan Santana11
Oscar René Cardozo7
73' Nelson Haedo Valdez18
Substitutes
Aldo Bobadilla22
Diego Barreto12
Julio César Cáceres5
Denis Caniza4
Aureliano Torres17
64' Enrique Daniel Vera13
Néstor Ortigoza20
Carlos Bonet6
84' Lucas Ramón Barrios19
73' Roque Santa Cruz9
Edgar Benítez10
Rodolfo Gamarra23
Spain
(4-4-2)
1Iker Casillas
15Sergio Ramos
3Gerard Piqué 57'
5Carles Puyol 84'
11Joan Capdevila
6Andrés Iniesta
16Sergio Busquets 64'
8Xavi Hernández
14Xabi Alonso 75'
9Fernando Torres 56'
7David Villa 83' 
Substitutes
23José Reina
12Víctor Valdés
4Carlos Marchena 84'
2Raúl Albiol
17Alvaro Arbeloa
10Francesc Fàbregas 56'
22Jesús Navas
21David Silva
20Javier Martínez
18 Pedro 75'
19Fernando Llorente
13Juan Manuel Mata
Team Stats
Paraguay Spain
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 0
8 Shots 13
3 Shots on Goal 4
3 Saves 3
0 Penalties Scored 0
1 Penalty Kicks 1
5 Crosses 23
1 Corner Kicks 7
2 Offsides 1
25 Fouls Committed 12
4 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
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Paraguay
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1J. Villar - 0 0 1 3
2D. Verón 0 0 0 - -
3C. Morel Rodríguez 0 1 0 - -
7O. Cardozo 0 0 0 - -
8E. Barreto 0 0 0 - -
11J. Santana 0 1 0 - -
14P. Da Silva 0 0 0 - -
15V. Cáceres 0 1 0 - -
16C. Riveros 0 0 0 - -
18N. Haedo Valdez 0 0 0 - -
21A. Alcaraz 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
9R. Santa Cruz 0 0 0 - -
13E. Vera 0 0 0 - -
19L. Barrios 0 0 0 - -

Spain
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1I. Casillas - 0 0 0 3
3G. Piqué 0 1 0 - -
5C. Puyol 0 0 0 - -
6A. Iniesta 0 0 0 - -
7D. Villa 1 0 0 - -
8X. Hernández 0 0 0 - -
9F. Torres 0 0 0 - -
11J. Capdevila 0 0 0 - -
14X. Alonso 0 0 0 - -
15S. Ramos 0 0 0 - -
16S. Busquets 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
4C. Marchena 0 0 0 - -
10F. Fàbregas 0 0 0 - -
18 Pedro 0 0 0 - -
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SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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