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Paraguay & Spain Defeat Japan & Portugal, Graduating to World Cup Quarterfinals


Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, foreground left, Paraguay's Edgar Barreto, center foreground, and Paraguay's Enrique Vera, right, celebrate after winning the penalty shootouts during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the

Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, foreground left, Paraguay's Edgar Barreto, center foreground, and Paraguay's Enrique Vera, right, celebrate after winning the penalty shootouts during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and Japan at the

Commentator and former Warriors player Alois Bunjira was not optimistic about Paraguay's chances against Spain as it revealed poor stamina though defeating Japan 5-3 in overtime penalty kicks

The World Cup knockout round moved ahead today as Paraguay defeated Japan 5-3 to move to the quarterfinals - it was the first penalty shootout of the 2010 World Cup unfolding in South Africa.

Oscar Cardozo hit the winning penalty shot Tuesday in Pretoria, after the match remained scoreless through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.

Spain beat Portugal 1-0 with a goal from David Villa in the 63th minute off his own rebound following a save by Portuguese keeper Eduardo. Spain will face Paraguay in a quarterfinals match on July 3.

Commentator and former Warriors player Alois Bunjira told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye he is not optimistic about Paraguay's chances as team members showed poor stamina against Japan.

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