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7.01.2010

Round of 16: Paraguay reach quarterfinals for the first time in history after defeating Japan

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At the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Paraguay had a hard time trying to defeat a really strong Japanese team. The 0-0 tie between both sides did not move, not even in overtime, so the winner of the game would have to be know after a penalty shoot-out.

All Paraguayan shooters scored in the penalty shoot-out: Edgar Barreto, Lucas Barrios, Cristian Riveros, Haedo Valdez and Oscar Cardozo. Japan scored through Yasuhito Endo, Makoto Hasebe and Keisuke Honda, but Yuichi Komano hit the bar and missed the chance of booking a place for his country in quarterfinals.

Thousands of fans in Paraguay came out to the streets to celebrate this historical moment for the "albirroja", even the famous model Larissa Riquelme, who has been named as the "Bride of the World Cup".

Now the South American squad will face the powerful Spain, who beat Portugal and is a clear favorite to advance to the final stage. However, "Tata" Martino's side knows that from now on, everything is possible.

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