Jun 20, 2010
Paraguay has proven much too classy for an inept Slovakia with an easy 2-0 victory in their second round Group F match of the 2010 World Cup at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Enrique Vera’s 27th minute goal set up the win for Paraguay before a Cristian Riveros late strike handed the South Americans a comfortable two goal win over the Slovakians in a dominating display from Paraguay.
Slovakia now have just one point from their two games and face an uphill struggle depending on the outcome of the Italy and New Zealand game, while Paraguay have 4 points plus a match with New Zealand to come and are well placed to get past the group stage.
Paraguay dominated the first half and they were rewarded with a goal to Enrique Daniel Vera just before the half hour.
Vera got on the end of some deft work by Lucas Barrios to beat Slovakian keeper Mucha and put the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead to Paraguay.
Slovakia offered little in the way of a contest and Paraguay were able to control the match and do as they liked.
Paraguay led 1-0 at half-time.
First half rating (Out of 5): Slovakia 2.0 – Paraguay 4.0
Slovakia were marginally better in the second half but they still appeared very much out of their depth against Paraguay and were devoid of any creativity whatsoever.
Paraguay sat back a bit in the second half and appeared content with their one goal lead and Slovakia was not troubling them at all so there was not much need for Paraguay to take too many risks.
On 86 minutes a thunderous Riveros strike hammered towards the Slovakian goal giving Mucha no chance, along with his team, as Paraguay put the match beyond reach of Slovakia.
The game ended 2-0 and Paraguay were never in doubt.
Second Half rating (Out of 5): Slovakia 2.0 – 3.5 Paraguay
Slovakia 0 – 2 Paraguay
27m Enrique Vera (Par)
86m Cristian Riveros (Par)
42m J. Durica (Slo)
45m E. Vera (Par)
47m S. Sestak (Slo)
84m V. Weiss (Slo)
Slovakia Starting 11
Jan Mucha, Peter Pekarik, Martin Skrtel, Kornel Salata, Jan Durica, Stanislav Sestak, Zdeno Strba, Marek Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss, Jan Kozak, Robert Vittek
70m Filip Holosko for Stanislav Sestak
83m Miroslav Stoch for Kornel Salata
Paraguay Starting 11
Justo Villar, Carlos Bonet, Paulo da Silva, Antolin Alcaraz, Claudio Morel, Enrique Vera, Victor Caceres, Cristian Riveros, Roque Santa Cruz, Lucas Barrios, Nelson Haedo Valdez
68m Aureliano Torres for Nelson Haedo Valdez
82m Oscar Cardozo for Lucas Barrios
88m Edgar Barreto for Enrique Vera
Team Game Rating (out of 10): Slovakia 4.0 – Paraguay 7.5
Slovakia showed little imagination in this match and they never in the hunt in any way shape or form and Paraguay made Slovakia look a second rate team very much out of their depth.
Paraguay improved on their good form shown against Italy to totally dominate this match without ever being seriously challenged and they have the team to cause plenty of other sides some concerns should they cross paths.
- Group F – Paraguay and Slovakia qualify
- Defending Champions Italy draw 1-1 with Paraguay in Cape Town
- Paraguay oust Japan 5-3 on Penalties after 0-0 draw at full time
- Slovakia vs Italy preview, Paraguay vs New Zealand preview – Group F
- Group F – World Cup Final Squads – Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia
Filed Under: 2010 World Cup