Paraguay v Spain Result

World Cup 2010 - Quarter-Final
July 3rd 2010 - 7.30pm
Ellis Park Stadium

Paraguay0 - 1Spain
ScorersVilla 83
Yellow Cardsyellow cardCaceres 59
yellow cardAlcaraz 59
yellow cardMorel 71
yellow cardSantana 88
yellow cardPigue 57
yellow cardBusquets 63
LineupsJusto Villar
Dario Veron
Paulo da Silva
Antolín Alcaraz
Claudio Morel
Jonathon Santana
Edgar Barretto (E Vera 64)
Cristián Riveros
Victor Caceres (L Barrios 84)
Oscar Cardozo
Nelson Valdez (R Santa Cruz 73)
Iker Casillas
Gerard Pique
Carles Puyol (C Marchena 84)
Joan Capdevila
Sergio Ramos
Andres Iniesta
Xavi Hernandez
Xabi Alonso (Pedro 75)
Sergio Busquets
David Villa
Fernando Torres (C Fabregas 56)
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Paraguay and Spain will go head to head in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final on Saturday night, both looking to go one step closer to World Cup glory. Spain are the odds-on favourites to reach the semi-final, as Paraguay play in their first ever World Cup quarter-final.

Paraguay have been one of the surprise packages at the 2010 World Cup. They topped Group F, which contained current World Champions Italy and were very good in beating Slovakia, the group's runner-up 2-0. The team is spearheaded by Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz and Borussia Dortmund's Lucas Barrios. Very solid defensively, Paraguay rely on their forwards to hold the ball up and bring the midfielders into play.

Spain were impressive in beating Portugal in the last sixteen. The Portuguese went into the match having not conceded a goal and kept the European Champiosn at bay until midway through the second half when some sublime short passing gave David Villa the chance to score his fourth goal of the World Cup. Since the first match defeat to Switzerland, Spain have at times repeated the kind of form that won them their first ever major championship two years ago in Austria and Switzerland.

Paraguay | Spain

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The betting is very much stacked in the favour of the European Champions for this one. Paraguay have done really well to reach their first ever quarter-finals but this match against Spain on Saturday night might just be one game too far.

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Paraguay Form

Paraguay are unbeaten in their four matches at the 2010 World Cup, conceding just the one goal, against Italy in their first match of the competition. A penalty win over japan in the second round set up Saturday's quarter-final clash with Spain.

Date Time TV Match Preview & Odds Venue
14th June 19:30 BBC Italy 1 - 1 Paraguay Cape Town Stadium
20th June 12:30 BBC Slovakia 0 - 2 Paraguay Free State Stadium
24th June 15:00 ITV Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand Peter Mokaba Stadium
29th June 15:00 ITV Paraguay (P) 0 - 0 Japan Lotus Versfeld Stadium

Spain Form

Since losing 1-0 to Switzerland in their opening match, Spain have bounced back with three straight wins, their most recent in the second round over Portugal. Forward David Villa has scored four of the five goals Spain have scored, but they will have to break a long standing trend if they wish to lift the trophy, as no team has ever gone on to win the World Cup after losing their first match.

Date Time TV Match Preview & Odds Venue
16th June 15:00 BBC Spain 0 - 1 Switzerland Moses Mabhida
21st June 19:30 ITV Spain 2 - 0 Honduras Nelson Mandela Bay
25th June 19:30 ITV Chile 1 - 2 Spain Loftus Versfeld Stadium
29th June 19:30 BBC Spain 1 - 0 Portugal Green Point Stadium

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Paraguay manager will be keen to stick to the same team that has remained unbeaten throughout the World Cup, although Borussia Dortmund's Nelson Valdez may have played his way into a starting berth for the quarter-final after an eye-catching display from the bench against Japan on Tuesday.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque's biggest worry is over the form and fitness of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. Torres has looked out of form throughout the tournament and was substituted to some effect in Tuesday's second round match with Portugal, by Fernando Llorente. Spain have amazingly only picked up one booking so far in the tournament so there are no suspension worries for Del Bosque.

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