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Peter Mokaba Stadium (ATT 34,850) 24th June 2010 - Kick off 15:00

Paraguay Paraguay vs New Zealand New Zealand

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Last Updated at 6:04 pm, June 25th 2010

  1. It is now over in the other Group F clash. Slovakia have beaten Italy 3-2 and reach the last 16 as runners-up in the standings.

  2. 90+4

    It is full-time and Paraguay will enter the knockout stages as winners of Group F after this 0-0 draw. New Zealand deserve lots of credit for how they have performed in this tournament with three draws from three games.

  3. 90+3

    Only 30 seconds left and New Zealand can't win possession to create a late chance.

  4. 90+2

    Italy now trail 3-2 against Slovakia in the other Group F match but it should be too late for the Azzurri.

  5. 90+1

    Morel's free-kick from the right is headed clear by Vicelich. New Zealand need to get the ball forward quickly to create a chance for a winner.

  6. 90

    Morel's free-kick from the left is headed cleared by Smith. We will have three minutes of additional time.

  7. 89

    Slovakia now lead 3-1 against Italy. The Azzurri are on the way home from the World Cup.

  8. 88

    Can New Zealand create a late chance? Paraguay have been better in the last 20 minutes but they are still well below their best.

  9. 87

    A bit of drama in the Paraguay box as Wood narrowly fails to reach Smeltz's cross. The linesman's flag is up for offside so any goal would have been ruled out.

  10. 86

    More drama in the other Group F clash as Italy have a goal ruled out offside. They are currently losing 2-1 to Slovakia and are bottom of the standings.

  11. 85

    Paraguay work a clever free-kick from the edge of the New Zealand box but it fails to produce a goal as Benitez's weak header is easily saved by Paston.

  12. 84

    Bertos' cross from the right is headed wide of goal by Smeltz from 12 yards. New Zealand will jump to the top of Group F if they can score.

  13. 83

    Benitez's cross from the left is headed wide of the far post by Barrios. Paraguay are on top at the moment as time starts to run out for New Zealand.

  14. 82

    It might not be all over in the other Group F clash with Italy pulling a goal back. They now trail 2-1 against Slovakia.

  15. 81

    Santa Cruz produces a rare decent free-kick in this tournament but Paston is equal to the challenge and punches the ball clear.

  16. 80

    Paraguay win a free-kick on the edge of the box as Santa Cruz is bundled to the ground.

  17. 79

    New Zealand make their final change with Killen replaced by Jeremy Brockie.

  18. 78

    Paraguay are well on top at the moment with Paston impressing again as he dives at the feet of Santa Cruz to claim the ball.

  19. 77

    Vera makes space on the edge of the New Zealand box and sends a rasping effort high over the bar.

  20. 76

    Benitez's low effort is parried by Paston and the New Zealand goalkeeper does really well to knock the loose ball away from Barrios.

  21. 75

    New Zealand's defence continues to stop the sustained spells of possession from Paraguay making an impact. However, the All Whites need more in the other half of the pitch to reach the last 16.

  22. 74

    Massive news from the other Group F match. Slovakia are now 2-0 up against Italy. The Azzurri are bottom of the standings and look like they are going home.

  23. 73

    Good work from Reid as he halts the lively Barrios' run down the left flank with a strong challenge.

  24. 72

    Bertos' half-volley from 30 yards is easily blocked by Julio Caceres. New Zealand are starting to show a bit more with the ball as we near the final stages.

  25. 71

    The tempo of this match has been very slow today. Paraguay have to be disappointed with their display no matter how the Group F table looks at the end of the game. They must improve if they are to make an impact in the knockout stages.

  26. 70

    New Zealand will top the group if they win this game and Slovakia beat Italy. If that news gets through to them in the final stages we could finally see some action here.

  27. 69

    New Zealand make their first change with Chris Wood replacing Fallon. Can the West Brom youngster fire the All Whites to the last 16?

  28. 68

    Good work from Da Silva as he holds off Bertos to usher the ball behind for a goal-kick. It looks like New Zealand are preparing to make their first change.

  29. 67

    Barrios quickly look to make an impact as he fires an effort from the right hand side of the box wide of goal. He already impressed more than Cardozo.

  30. 66

    Paraguay make a double change with Edgar Benitez and Barrios replacing the disappointing Cardozo and Valdez.

  31. 65

    We still wait for the change with Paraguay keeping the ball in midfield. It is New Zealand's defensive organisation that continues to cause problems for the group leaders.

  32. 64

    It looks like Paraguay are preparing to make a change. Could they look to add some attacking swagger to their play.

  33. 63

    The next corner from the right is turned away from danger after a slight scramble. New Zealand's defence has finally started to look a little shaky.

  34. 62

    Paraguay work the corner short and the resulting cross from the right causes a bit of panic in the New Zealand box. Riveros' header is parried by Paston and the ball is knocked behind for another flag-kick.

  35. 61

    Smith turns the ball behind so Paraguay have a corner.

  36. 60

    Still not much to report from this game. Paraguay are keeping the ball with ease but New Zealand are superbly well organised at the back so there is no room to find any space in the final third. A lot of credit must go to All Whites coach Ricki Herbert.

  37. 59

    Valdez's frustrating afternoon continues as he runs the ball out of play for a New Zealand throw-in on the left flank. Slovakia still lead Italy 1-0 in the other Group F clash.

  38. 58

    That was a poor effort from Cardozo. He thinks a long way from the player who was a vital figure in Benfica's successful season.

  39. 57

    Cardozo takes the free-kick and he is the latest player to fail from a set-piece as he sends the ball high over the bar.

  40. 56

    Santa Cruz wins a free-kick for Paraguay in a shooting position as he tumbles under Nelsen's challenge. The New Zealand skipper will miss his side's clash in the last 16 if they progress.

  41. 55

    Julio Caceres' attempt to find Vera down the right flank fails to come off as the ball goes behind for a goal-kick. There have been plenty of similar moves from Paraguay in this match.

  42. 54

    Paraguay lose the ball after another decent spell of possession. They are lacking a bit of nous when the ball gets closer to the New Zealand goal.

  43. 52

    Morel's free-kick from the left is knocked away from danger by Smith. New Zealand's defence continues to impress.

  44. 51

    Morel looks to find Valdez on the right hand side of the box but Reid is on hand to take the ball away from danger. He proceeds to lose control and concedes a free-kick by hauling Valdez to the ground.

  45. 50

    It is a bit scrappy at the start of this half. Paraguay will be really disappointed with how they have performed so far with Cardozo one of the major disappointments.

  46. 49

    The vuvuzelas are a bit louder after the break. They must be trying to encourage the players to produce some more entertainment.

  47. 48

    Elliott's effort from the edge of the box is sent high over the top of the bar. Decent attempt from the New Zealand midfielder.

  48. 47

    Valdez's cross from the left is headed clear by Smith. Paraguay keeping the ball at the start of this half but no worries yet for New Zealand's defence.

  49. 46

    The second half is under way. Get ready for this match to get a bit nervy as the minutes tick by.

  50. Send your thoughts on the first-half to nick.hext@bskyb.com. Can we expect more from Paraguay after the break?

  51. Paraguay are now 4/5 to win this match with our friends at Sky Bet, New Zealand are 13/2 and the draw can be backed at 11/8.

  52. HT

    The referee blows his whistle for half-time. It is 0-0 and neither team has looked like scoring so far. Paraguay are going to the last 16 and New Zealand are going home if the scores in Group F stay the same. Slovakia lead Italy 1-0 in the other game.

  53. 45+1

    We are in the one and only minute of additional time.

  54. 45

    Elliott's looping free-kick narrowly evades Vicelich at the far post. Goal-kick to Paraguay.

  55. 44

    New Zealand win a free-kick on the halfway as Fallon is bundled over by Julio Caceres' late challenge. Chance for New Zealand to fire a long ball forward.

  56. 43

    Paraguay fail to keep their cool as they send a loose pass behind for a goal-kick. This is a poor display from the group leaders so far.

  57. 42

    Santa Cruz becomes the second player to be booked in this match. Correct decision from the referee as his challenge on Killen was late.

  58. 41

    Simon Elliott wastes a cross from the right as he sends the ball out of play for a goal-kick. New Zealand need to start creating chances when they reach the final third.

  59. 40

    It is no contest in a physical dual between Ryan Nelsen and Cardozo as the New Zealand skipper ushers the ball behind for a goal-kick.

  60. 39

    Cardozo, who has been quiet so far, fails to take a chance to shine as he sends a shot from 25 yards high over the bar.

  61. 38

    New Zealand are enjoying more possession in the last few minutes. They need to get the ball up to their strikers and work off the return pass.

  62. 37

    Bertos looks to knock the ball away from Riveros but all he can succeed in doing is giving Paraguay a throw-in.

  63. 36

    Bertos' looping cross from the right is gathered at his near post by Villar. The Paraguay goalkeeper looks comfortable with New Zealand's aerial threat so far and he will need to continue that form as the match goes on.

  64. 35

    Valdez is the latest Paraguay player to try his luck from long-range but Paston is equal to the challenge and gathers possession.

  65. 34

    Good work from Smith as he ushers the ball back to Paston under pressure from Valdez. Plenty of credit must go to New Zealand for their defensive display so far.

  66. 33

    Killen catches Julio Caceres with his arm in an aerial challenge. The referee awards the free-kick and warns the New Zealand striker. Paraguay aren't enjoying the All Whites' physical approach.

  67. 32

    Leo Bertos' run down the right flank is halted by the hand of Riveros but the referee doesn't see it and New Zealand only win a throw-in.

  68. 31

    Reid gets lucky as Santa Cruz is bundled to the ground on the left flank but fails to win a free-kick. Paraguay are frustrated with a few decisions so far.

  69. 30

    Killen's cross from the right causes a few worries for Paraguay but Justo Villar is on hand to gather the ball.

  70. 29

    Caniza tries his luck again from long-range and again he sends the ball ovet the top of the bar. I'm sure he will blame the ball as is the way at this World Cup.

  71. 28

    Paraguay are keeping the ball with ease but New Zealand continue to defend in numbers are are making life very hard for La Albirroja.

  72. 27

    Update on the standings in this group as they stand with the two current scorelines. Paraguay are top with five points, Slovakia second with four points, New Zealand third with three points and Italy bottom of the pile with just two points. All to play for all of those teams.

  73. 26

    Vera fails to keep Riveros' attempted through ball in play. Goal-kick to New Zealand. The All Whites are struggling to become an attacking force in this match.

  74. 25

    Big news to bring you from the other match in Group F. Slovakia are beating Italy 1-0 to throw the race for qualification wide open.

  75. 24

    This match isn't a World Cup classic so far. Paraguay are improving but they played much better in their last clash against Slovakia.

  76. 23

    Vera's cross from the right is blocked by Tommy Smith to give Paraguay a throw-in on the right flank. No dangers follows as New Zealand clear.

  77. 22

    Reid does well to win a free-kick deep inside his own half as he is pushed to the ground by Valdez while ushering the ball clear,

  78. 21

    Tony Lochhead is a bit lucky to avoid a booking as he knocks Vera to the floor. The referee is allowing a bit of physical play to go at the moment. A rarity in this World Cup.

  79. 20

    A long ball from Julio Caceres races straight through to Paston in the New Zealand box. It is tough for the All Whites at the moment with Paraguay dominating possession.

  80. 19

    Victor Caceres' effort from the edge of the box is blocked by Winston Reid. The rebound falls to Caniza and he sends another effort wide of goal. Paraguay are starting to dominate.

  81. 18

    Caniza tries to score one of the greatest goals in World Cup history but he can only succeed in sending a volley high over the bar from a tight angle on the right hand side of the New Zealand box.

  82. 17

    Fallon continues to scare the Paraguay players with his aerial challenges as he sends Cristian Riveros crashing to the floor. Free-kick but no booking for the New Zealand striker.

  83. 16

    More poor attacking play from Paraguay as Valdez sends a cross from the left racing out of play for a goal-kick.

  84. 15

    Caniza sends a pacy pass down the right racing out of play for a throw-in as Enrique Vera is unable to keep up with the ball. No save for either goalkeeper to make so far.

  85. 14

    Morel's free-kick from the left is half-cleared to Caniza on the edge of the box. The Paraguay skipper sends a poor half-volley well wide of Paston's left hand post.

  86. 13

    Morel wins a free-kick on the left flank as he is fouled by Chris Killen. The referee warns the New Zealand striker but keeps his yellow card in his pocket.

  87. 12

    Valdez sends a cross from the left straight out of play for a goal-kick. Paraguay will be disappointed with how they have started this match. They have been sloppy in possession and lack any rhythm in their attacking play.

  88. 11

    The resulting free-kick is sent away from everyone in the box and behind for a goal-kick. New Zealand are looking to test Paraguay with direct free-kicks.

  89. 10

    Victor Caceres recovers from that challenge by fouling Fallon on the halfway line. He is booked and will miss Paraguay's clash in the last 16 if they progress.

  90. 9

    Rory Fallon fouls Victor Caeceres as they battle for the ball in the air. Paraguay have a free-kick in their own penalty area.

  91. 8

    Ivan Vicelich's cross from the right evades Smeltz at the far post and the ball drifts behind for a goal-kick. New Zealand will be pleased with their start to the contest.

  92. 7

    Paraguay are seeing more of the ball at the start of this match but New Zealand defend in numbers and are very hard to break down.

  93. 6

    A long ball for Denis Caniza on the right evades the Paraguay player and New Zealand get a throw-in. Not a great start to this contest.

  94. 5

    Nelson Valdez runs out of space on the left as Paraguay struggle to get started at the moment.

  95. 4

    Shane Smeltz has the first shot of the game but he can only send the effort swerving high and wide of the Paraguay goal.

  96. 3

    Roque Santa Cruz fails to keep the ball in play on the left as we see a quiet start to this match. Could be a bit nervy as the day progresses.

  97. 2

    Claudio Morel's looping free-kick from the left is easily gathered by Mark Paston in his six-yard box. The New Zealand goalkeeper will hope to produce another great display after he impressed against Italy.

  98. 1

    The action is under way with Paraguay keeping the ball early on. The winners of Group F look almost certain to play Japan or Denmark in the last 16 with Holland the side who the runners-up will face.

  99. The national anthems are over and now it is time for kick-off. Can New Zealand continue their magical journey at this World Cup.

  100. Now time for the maths. Paraguay need a draw to book their spot in the last 16 and a win is what New Zealand require. The other match in this group is between Italy and Slovakia and the Azzurri need victory to guarantee a place in the knockout stages. Slovakia need three points but they also rely on a win for the All Whites in this match, with goal difference possibly coming into play. Should be interesting as the numbers become more important.

  101. Here are the teams for this match: Paraguay: Villar, Morel Rodriguez, Da Silva, Julio Caceres, Caniza, Vera, Victor Caceres, Riveros, Haedo Valdez, Santa Cruz, Cardozo. Subs: Diego Barreto, Veron, Bonet, Edgar Barreto, Benitez, Santana, Torres, Barrios, Ortigoza, Alcaraz, Gamarra, Bobadilla.

  102. New Zealand: Paston, Smith, Nelsen, Reid, Lochhead, Vicelich, Elliott, Bertos, Smeltz, Fallon, Killen. Subs: Moss, Sigmund, Brown, Barron, McGlinchey, Clapham, Mulligan, Boyens, Wood, Christie, Brockie, Bannatyne.

  103. The referee for this match is Yuici Nishimura from Japan.

  104. Paraguay make three changes for this match with Denis Caniza, Julio Caceres and Oscar Cardozo securing spots in the first XI. No alterations from New Zealand as they stick with the side that did so well to draw 1-1 against Italy last time out.

  105. Paraguay are 2/5 to win this match with our friends at Sky Bet, New Zealand are 7/1 and the draw is available at 10/3.

  106. Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Group F clash between Paraguay and New Zealand. A spot in the last 16 of the World Cup is the prize for the winners of this match and the place to send your thoughts ahead of kick-off is nick.hext@bskyb.com.

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