Paraguay v Japan, 29 June 2010

Score0-0 :: penalties 5-3 to Paraguay
RefereeFrank De Bleeckere
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
VenueLoftus Versfeld
Attendance36,742
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) Man of the Match: Keisuke Honda (Japan) Assistant referees: Peter Hermans (Belgium) Walter Vromans (Belgium) Fourth official: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Fifth official: Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands) Paraguay won 5-3 on penalties. After Extra Time. 0-0 after 90 mins and 120 mins Paraguay and Japan met at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 29 June 2010. The match was decided by a penalty shootout after the score was locked at 0–0 for 120 minutes. Paraguay won the shootout and progressed to its first ever World Cup quarter-final. The match was a generally unexciting affair, as Japan adopted a defensive posture while Paraguay itself maintained a solid defence. The first half produced the occasional chance on goal with Lucas Barrios having a shot saved shortly before a long distance shot from Daisuke Matsui hit the crossbar of Paraguay's goal. The second half was similar, with either side producing occasional chances to score rather than periods of dominance. The result of the deadlock was extra time, which continued goalless. A penalty shootout ensued, in which Yuichi Komano missed a spot kick for Japan. Paraguay scored all five of its penalties, clinching the win and passage to the quarter-finals. After the match, Japan's coach Takeshi Okada resigned and Shunsuke Nakamura retired from international football.

0 (5)  Paraguay

Manager: Gerardo Martino

0 (3)  Japan

Manager: Takeshi Okada

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Justo Villar (captain)
Defender Paulo da Silva
Defender Claudio Morel
Defender/Midfielder Carlos Bonet
Defender/Midfielder Cristian Riveros
Midfielder Nestor Ortigoza
Midfielder Enrique Vera
Midfielder/Forward Edgar Benítez
Forward Lucas Barrios

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima
Defender Yūichi Komano
Defender Yūto Nagatomo
Defender Yuji Nakazawa
Midfielder Yuki Abe
Midfielder Yasuhito Endo
Midfielder Makoto Hasebe (captain)
Midfielder Keisuke Honda
Midfielder Daisuke Matsui
Forward Yoshito Okubo

Substitutions:

Nelson Valdéz for Edgar Benítez 60
Edgar Barreto for Nestor Ortigoza 75
Oscar Cardozo for Roque Santa Cruz 94

Substitutions:

Shinji Okazaki for Daisuke Matsui 65
Kengo Nakamura for Yuki Abe 81
Keiji Tamada for Yoshito Okubo 106

Cards:

Cristian Riveros 118 Y

Cards:

Daisuke Matsui 58 Y
Yūto Nagatomo 72 Y
Keisuke Honda 90 Y
Yasuhito Endo 113 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Barreto
Goalkeeper Aldo Bobadilla
Defender Julio Caceres
Defender Denis Caniza
Defender Darío Verón
Midfielder Edgar Barreto
Midfielder Víctor Cáceres
Midfielder Jonathan Santana
Midfielder Aureliano Torres
Forward Oscar Cardozo
Forward Rodolfo Gamarra
Forward Nelson Valdéz

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki
Defender Daiki Iwamasa
Defender Atsuto Uchida
Midfielder Junichi Inamoto
Midfielder Yasuyuki Konno
Midfielder Kengo Nakamura
Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura
Forward Shinji Okazaki
Forward Keiji Tamada
Forward Kisho Yano

Comments:

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT DETAILS (Paraguay went first) 1 - Edgar Barreto [scored] 2 - Lucas Barrios [scored] 3 - Cristian Riveros [scored] 4 - Nelson Valdez [scored] 5 - Oscar Cardozo [scored]

Comments:

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT DETAILS (Japan went second) 1 - Yasuhito Endo [scored] 2 - Makoto Hasebe [scored] 3 - Yuichi Komano [missed] 4 - Keisuke Honda [scored]