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Slovakia
0
 
2
Paraguay
 0-1E. Vera  27'
 0-2C. Riveros  86'
HT: 0-1
Free State Stadium (Attendance: 26,643)
Referee: Eddy Maillet
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Slovakia vs. Paraguay
Minute Commentary
94' FULL TIME
Easy peasy for Paraguay, who brush aside Slovakia to take pole position in Group F. Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros got the goals and, had they not taken their foot off the gas, Gerardo Martino's attack-minded side could no doubt have grabbed a whole lot more. It's one huge foot in the door of the last 16 for the South Americans, who face New Zealand in their final group game needing just a draw. Slovakia, meanwhile, will have to beat Italy to stand any chance of making the knock-out stage. It finishes, Paraguay 2-0 Slovakia.
92' FINGERTIP SAVE
Late scare for the group leaders as Robert Vittek's fizzing long-ranger draws a full-stretch stop from Justo Villar - his first save of the afternoon.
90' TIME ADDED ON
Into four minutes of time added on in Bloemfontein.
88' SUBSTITUTION
Star man Enrique Vera makes way to rapturous Paraguayan support; Edgar Barreto races into the fray.
85' GOAAAAAL!!!!
Game, set and match - at last! CRISTIAN RIVEROS kills off the Slovakian resistance with an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area, after a Da Silva header was only half cleared. Stunning strike.
83' YELLOW CARD
Vladimir Weiss earns a place in Maillet's little black book after catching Torres.
82' SUBSTITUTION
Ex-Chelsea winger Miroslav Stoch gets a piece of the action at the expense of Kornel Salata.
81' SUBSTITUTION
What a performance and what a luxury. Lucas Barrios - so influential in the first half - is withdrawn, with Oscar Cardozo his replacement.
79' GOOD BANTER
Amongst the swarming vuvuzelas, you can just about make out the Slovakian fans' chants of 'My to aj tak dneska vyhrame' - 'We are still going to win this game'. Good form.
77' RASPER
Aureliano Torres lines up a vitriol-smothered 30-yard drive that tickles the roof of the net on its way over the crossbar.
74' CROCKED?
Alcaraz was moving gingerly for a moment, but the magic sponge appears to have done the trick. He's been imperious at the back.
72' ALMOST TWO
Golden chance to kill off the game goes begging as Roque Santa Cruz picks out Enrique Vela. He's unmarked, but can only direct his header wide of the keeper's right-hand post.
69' SUBSTITUTION
Slovakia make a change of their own, with Stanislav Sestak, who's cut a frustrated figure, replaced by Filip Holosko.
67' SUBSTITUTION
First change of the afternoon as Nelson Valdez makes way for Aureliano Torres.
65' PLAIN SAILING
1-0's never a safe scoreline, but Paraguay just don't look like conceding against what is a toothless Slovakian side. The South Americans could go far, here in South Africa.
63' NO BITE
Jan Durica hares into the Paraguay box and wins a corner off the back-tracking Da Silva. The ensuing flag kick - typical of Slovakia's game - comes to nothing.
60' SOUTH AMERICAN MUSCLE
Stanislav Sestak races onto a route one punt from the back, but he's brushed off the ball by the impressive Alcaraz.
59' PINPOINT ACCURACY
Paraguay stroke the ball around with ease, before Caceres sprays a fantastic pass out wide for Bonet. His cross evades Barrios, though, and Slovakia can breathe again.
56' SLOPPY
Slovakia break as Paraguay concede possession in midfield. Alcaraz slides in to block Vittek's effort - the ball breaks to Sestak, who rifles a shot into the back of Da Silva.
54' PRESSING
Slovakia can't afford to lose this, and they know it. Still, for all their second half possession, they really don't look like breaking through Paraguay's disciplined back line.
51' COME AND GET ME
Slovakia play keep-ball, with Weiss and Vittek stroking the ball back and forth out on the right-hand side. Sestak's lurking in the middle, but Vittek overcooks his cross.
49' BODY ON THE LINE
Nelson Valdez shows tremendous work ethic to chase back and hurl himself in front of Pekarik's goalbound drive. Really important intervention, that.
48' YELLOW CARD
It's been a pretty frustrating afternoon for Stanislav Sestak, who upends Riveros and sees yellow for his troubles.
47' PATIENT PASSING
Assured stuff from the Paraguayans at the start of the second 45. They coolly knock the ball around at the back before a long ball's clipped up towards Roque Santa Cruz, whose clever flick-on is hammered clear.
46' SECOND HALF
Up and running again at the Free State Stadium.
45' HALF TIME
Advantage Paraguay at the break and deservedly so. Lucas Barrios pulled the strings for the South Americans and unsurprisingly supplied the goods for Enrique Vera to stick away a delightful opening goal. Slovakia have to go for it, now. If they don't, they'll be on the plane home before too long.
44' YELLOW CARD
Jan Durica gets a taste of his own medicine, the Slovakian taking a tumble under Vera's poorly-timed challenge. Clear booking for the goal scorer.
43' YELLOW CARD
Cristian Riveros goes down over the trailing leg of Jan Durica, who receives a prompt ticking off.
40' TOP SAVE
Paraguay flood forward as Enrique Vera sends Roque Santa Cruz in on goal. You'd fancy the Man City hitman to put it away, but Jan Mucha sticks out a leg to deny the Paraguayans a certain second goal.
38' HALF CHANCE
Really good spell for Slovakia, this. Jan Kozak swings an inviting corner onto the head of Kornel Salata, who gets right under it and heads over the bar.
36' ESCAPE FROM ALCARAZ
Stanislav Sestak's denied a shot at goal by the last-ditch efforts of Alcaraz. Slovakia come again, but Hamsik can't find his man.
35' ROUTE ONE
Lucas Barrios kills a long ball over the top and slides in Roque Santa Cruz. He's pushed wide, though, and, off balance, fails to beat the man at the near post.
33' DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
Perhaps spoke a tad too soon; falling behind appears to have sparked Slovakia into life. Sestak's beginning to see more of the ball and you feel if the East Europeans are to find a way back, he's the man to do it.
30' WELL DESERVED
It has to be said, that goal's nothing more than the South Americans deserve. They came out of the blocks flying and have asked all the questions. Big ask for the Slovaks, now.
27' GOAAAAAL!!!!
It's been coming. Lucas Barrios slides a perfectly-weighted ball into the path of ENRIQUE VERA, who holds of two Slovakian defenders to poke the ball beyond the onrushing Jan Mucha with the outside of his right peg. World class.
25' SPECULATIVE
Nelson Valdez tries his luck from 25-yards, but it's ambitious and sails well off target.
23' LIVELY LUCAS
Prime example of the excellent Lucas Barrios' desire to get amongst the goals. His cut back-heel finds Enrique Vera and he takes the return, before lashing a cracking effort just over from a tight angle.
20' PARAGUAY ON TOP
Paraguay continue to monopolise possession, with Barrios looking particularly up for it. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, just doesn't look match fit at all.
18' STINGING DRIVE
Paraguay bomb forward in numbers and, with men over, Valdez opts to cut the ball back to the edge of the area. Riveros races onto it and thwacks a piledriver straight at Mucha, who does well to keep hold of it.
15' BALL RETENTION
Skrtel and co. are doing a decent job of shackling Roque Santa Cruz, who didn't even train last night, but every time the Slovaks clear the danger Paraguay come right back at them.
13' DOMINANT FORCE
That woeful Durica cross aside, Slovakia have been pretty poor in the early stages of this one. Paraguay, with that bold three-man attack, look like a side intent on booking their place in the last 16.
10' STINKER
Slovakia spring to life and Marek Hamsik's precise pass sends Jan Durica scampering away down the left. He takes it first time, though, and spoons a hopeless cross into the stands.
8' TUSSLE
Martin Skrtel's adjudged to have fouled Nelson Valdez, but Kornel heads Morel's resulting delivery away from the danger zone.
5' DRAGGED WIDE
Lucas Barrios is already heavily involved on the right-hand side of that three-man forward line. He feeds Nelson Valdez, whose shot on the turn trickles well wide.
3' DANGER SIGNS
Really bright start from the South Americans. Santa Cruz is allowed time and space to turn and face goal - he does just that - and forces a smart save from Jan Mucha.
2' INVITING CROSS
Clever play from Lucas Barrios, who rolls his marker on the edge of the Slovakia area. He fizzes a teasing ball across goal, but it's got too much on it for Santa Cruz.
1' ON THE OFFENSIVE
Slovakia, playing from right to left, immediately lauch an offensive through the heart of the Paraguayan midfield. However, they're eventually pushed all the way back to Everton-bound shot stopper Mucha.
0' WE'RE OFF
The ball's rolling in Bloemfontein. Seychelles-born Eddy Maillet, this afternoon's match official. All to play for in Group F...
0' ANTHEMS
The South Americans win the vocal tussle with a stirring rendition of 'Paraguyans, Republic or Death' that drowns out the dulcet tones of Slovakia's 'Lightening over Tatras'. Kick-off's just moments away.
0' HERE THEY COME
The two sides are greeted by the usual ear-ringing chorus of vuvuzelas as they step out onto the lush turf of Bloemfontein's 40,000-seater Free State Stadium. National anthems at the ready...
0' THE TEAMS ARE IN
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino does, indeed, bring in Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz. He joins Nelson Valdez and Lucas Barrios in a potentially fruitful three-man attack. Slovakia's Erik Jendrisek, Radoslav Zabavnik and Marek Cech drop to the bench, with Kornel Salata, Peter Pekarik and Marek Sapara coming in.
0' PREDICTION
Paraguay should have far too much flair for their East European counterparts, who, it has to be said, were average at best in their opening fixture. If Lucas Barrios gets some playing time and finds some of the domestic form that helped propel Borussia Dortmund into the top six of the Bundesliga, the South Americans could run away with it: Paraguay 3-1 Slovakia.
0' WHAT'S AT STAKE
Slovakia will be looking to atone for what was a terrible result against the Kiwis, but Paraguay, with Italy out of the way, will see their final two group encounters as very winnable. Assuming New Zealand fail to take anything from far superior opposition in Italy, this afternoon's Slovakia-Paraguay game could well determine whether or not the Italians top the group.
0' DANGER MEN
Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik pulls the strings for Slovakia in midfield and also gets himself among the goals. The 22-year-old undoubtedly has the potential to spark Group F into life, but only has 180 minutes to do so. Paraguay's Roque Santa Cruz, having endured a barren domestic season, will be hoping to play a major role after coming on as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Italy.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Former Chelsea winger Miroslav Stoch is expected to start for Slovakia after recovering from a minor knee injury, with Erik Jendrisek dropping to the bench and Stanislav Sestak moving into attack. If Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino opts for a three-pronged attack, Roque Santa Cruz will likely come in for Aureliano Torres. Midfielder Jonathan Santana is struggling with a thigh strain.
0' PREVIEW
Paraguay lock horns with Slovakia in Bloemfontein knowing a win will go a long way towards securing their place in the last 16. The South Americans already have what appeared to be their toughest game of the group stages out of the way, so the rest should, on paper, be plain sailing. Slovakia, meanwhile, missed out on establishing the early advantage in Group F after conceding a last-gasp equaliser against World Cup minnows New Zealand.
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Teams
Slovakia
(4-2-3-1)
Jan Mucha1
Peter Pekarik2
Martin Skrtel3
83' Kornel Salata21
42' Jan Durica16
Zdeno Strba6
Marek Hamsik17
47' 70' Stanislav Sestak9
Jan Kozak8
84' Vladimir Weiss7
Robert Vittek11
Substitutes
Dusan Kuciak23
Dusan Pernis12
Martin Petras22
Marek Cech4
Radoslav Zabavnik5
83' Miroslav Stoch15
Marek Sapara10
Kamil Kopunek20
Juraj Kucka19
70' Filip Holosko13
Erik Jendrisek18
Martin Jakubko14
Paraguay
(4-3-2-1)
1Justo Villar
6Carlos Bonet
14Paulo César Da Silva
21Antolín Alcaraz
3Claudio Morel Rodríguez
13Enrique Daniel Vera 45' 88' 27' 
15Víctor Javier Cáceres
16Cristian Riveros 86' 
9Roque Santa Cruz
18Nelson Haedo Valdez 68'
19Lucas Ramón Barrios 82'
Substitutes
22Aldo Bobadilla
12Diego Barreto
17Aureliano Torres 68'
5Julio César Cáceres
4Denis Caniza
2Darío Verón
8Edgar Barreto 88'
11Jonathan Santana
20Néstor Ortigoza
7Oscar René Cardozo 82'
10Edgar Benítez
23Rodolfo Gamarra
Team Stats
Slovakia Paraguay
0 Goals 2
0 Assists 2
6 Shots 11
1 Shots on Goal 5
3 Saves 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
14 Crosses 18
3 Corner Kicks 1
3 Offsides 0
14 Fouls Committed 18
3 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
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Slovakia
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1J. Mucha - 0 0 2 3
2P. Pekarik 0 0 0 - -
3M. Skrtel 0 0 0 - -
6Z. Strba 0 0 0 - -
7V. Weiss 0 1 0 - -
8J. Kozak 0 0 0 - -
9S. Sestak 0 1 0 - -
11R. Vittek 0 0 0 - -
16J. Durica 0 1 0 - -
17M. Hamsik 0 0 0 - -
21K. Salata 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
13F. Holosko 0 0 0 - -
15M. Stoch 0 0 0 - -

Paraguay
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1J. Villar - 0 0 0 1
3C. Morel Rodríguez 0 0 0 - -
6C. Bonet 0 0 0 - -
9R. Santa Cruz 0 0 0 - -
13E. Vera 1 1 0 - -
14P. Da Silva 0 0 0 - -
15V. Cáceres 0 0 0 - -
16C. Riveros 1 0 0 - -
18N. Haedo Valdez 0 0 0 - -
19L. Barrios 0 0 0 - -
21A. Alcaraz 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
7O. Cardozo 0 0 0 - -
8E. Barreto 0 0 0 - -
17A. Torres 0 0 0 - -
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AstAssists
SHTSShots
SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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