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Paraguay Sneaks Into Round of 16 With 3-1 Win; Spain Knocks In Three More

Paraguay scored three times in the final 25 minutes to grab a 3-1 win over Slovenia and secure a spot in the Round of 16.  Needing a big win and some cooperation from Spain, Paraguay overcame a sloppy first half that included an ejection to top a resilient Slovenia team.

Slovenia went ahead in injury time of the first  half thanks to a glaring error by Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert.  Facing elimination from the tournament, Paraguay played their best half of soccer this tournament in the second half, scoring three times and watching a Chilavert free kick glance off the crossbar.

Nelson Cuevas scored twice and Jorge Campos added his own in the 73rd minute to cover up Chilavert's mistake and pass South Africa to take second place in Group B.  Both teams finished with four points and a goal differential of zero.  Paraguay took the second spot based on their six first-round goals.

Scoing Summary:  
SVN - Milenko Acimovic ..... 46+ minute.
PAR -  Nelson Cuevas ..... 65.
PAR - Jorge Campos ..... 73.
PAR - Nelson Cuevas ..... 84.

Slovenia:  12-Mladen Dabanovic, 23-Spasoje Bulajic, 3-Zeljko Milinovic, 18-Milenko Acimovic (20-Nastja Ceh, 62), 8-Ales Ceh, 19-Amir Karic, 7-Dzoni Novak, 11-Miran Pavlin (13-Mladen Rudonja, 40), 15-Rajko Tavcar, 21-Segastjan Cimirotic, 9-Milan Osterc (16-Senad Tiganj, 77)

Paraguay:  1-José Luis Chilavert, 2-Francisco Arce, 5-Celso Ayala, 18-Julio César Cáceres, 21-Denis Ramón Caniza, 4-Carlos Gamarra, 10-Roberto Miguel Acuña, 8-Guido Alvarenga (11-Jorge Campos, 53), 13-Carlos Humberto Paredes, 20-José Saturnino Cardozo (23-Nelson Cuevas, 61), 9-Roque Santa Cruz
Misconduct Summary:  
PAR - Carlos Humberto Paredes ..... 4th minute
SVN - Miran Pavlin ..... 15.
PAR - Carlos Humberto Paredes (ejection) .....22.
SVN - Amir Karic ..... 68.
SVN- Mladen Rudonja ..... 69.
SVN -  Zeljko Milinovic ..... 79.


Spain  3 -  South Africa 2

Spain scored three goals for the third straight match, this time topping a resilient South Africa team 3-2 to finish group play with a perfect 3-0-0 record. 

South Africa let in an early goal that would come back to prove costly.  South African goalkeeper Andre Arendse lost control of an easy through ball, allowing Raul to walk in and score in the fourth minute. 

The teams traded goals the rest of the match, with Raul scoring the gamewinner in the 56th minute.

The 3-2 loss, coupled with Paraguay's 3-1 win, relegates South Africa to a third-place finish - behind Paraguay on the "total goals" tiebreaker.  (Each finished with four points and a zero goal differential.)

Scoring Summary:
ESP - Raúl González ..... 4th minute.
RSA - Benedict McCarthy ..... 31.
ESP - Gaizka Mendieta ..... 46+.
RSA- Lucas Radebe ..... 53.
ESP -Raúl González ..... 56.
South Africa:  16-Andre Arendse, 3-Bradley Carnell, 4-Aaron Mokoena, 2-Cyril Nzama, 19-Lucas Radebe (22-Thabang Molefe, 80), 7-Quinton Fortune (5-Jacob Lekgetho, 83), 12-Tebeho Mokoena, 6-Ntuthuko Sibaya, 15-Sibusiso Zuma, 17-Benedict McCarthy, 14-Siyabonga Nomvete (23-George Koumantarkis, 74).

Spain:  1-Iker Casillas, 15-Enrique Fernandez Romero, 20-Miguel Angel Nadal, 2-Curro Torres, 14-David Albelda (18-Sergio Gonzalez, 53), 4-Ivan Helguera, 19-Xavi Hernandez, 16-Gaizka Mendieta, 22-Joaquin Sanchez, 7-Raúl González (21-Luis Enrique, 82), 9-Fernando Morientes (12-Alberto Luque Martos, 77)
Misconduct Summary: 
RSA - Cyril Nzama .... 16th minute.
RSA - Bradley Carnell ..... 67.
RSA - Siyabonga Nomvete ..... 69.
RSA - Aaron Mokoena ..... 81.