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Paraguay vs. Japan in World Cup 2010

Paraguay, winner of Group F, takes on Japan, which finished second in Group E, as the final day of the round of 16 gets going.

The Japanese have been strong on set pieces so far.

Live stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here.

For live streaming video, click here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 29, 2010; 9:22 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Comments

Alexi Lalas picked Paraguay in PKs. If you have that in your fantasy pick, I would change it now.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 29, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

this is a hard game to pick. Is Japan for real?

Posted by: hungrypug | June 29, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Why does Japan wear blue?

Posted by: OWNTF | June 29, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Japan looks for real to me, they're my dark horse. They are undersized but have speed and infinite guts. They play a clean game. All makes them easy to root for, like Australia in '06. Hopefully they won't go out the same way, but in THIS World Cup, I harbor no illusions!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 29, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Why does Italy wear blue?

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Argh. "Iberian darby"

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow, awesome turn by Barrios for the best chance of the game. Shot was poor, though.

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Paraguay is definitely trying to use its height today. Santa Cruz with another great chance as the ball drops to him.

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Italy started wearing blue or azzuri in honor of their royal family. Japan is murkier. Best answer I have heard is that the samurai blue is representative of the ocean and sea that surrounds Japan.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | June 29, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Blue symbolizes modernism an good hope for the future?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Blue symbolizes modernism and good hope for the future?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 29, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Lalas's prediction is starting to look pretty good right now..............

Posted by: Gambrills4 | June 29, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Lordy, why do keepers guess so often? Of the last 5 PK shots, 3-4 were easily saveable---within 3-4 feet of the center of the goal.

Where was the keeper? Sprawled out on the grass either to the left or right.

Plus, it seems that more and more pk takers are just waiting for the keeper to dive, then they slide home gifts.

Posted by: delantero | June 29, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Alexi nailed it. Kudos!

Posted by: Gambrills4 | June 29, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Lordy, why do keepers guess so often? Of the last 5 PK shots, 3-4 were easily saveable---within 3-4 feet of the center of the goal.

Where was the keeper? Sprawled out on the grass either to the left or right.

Plus, it seems that more and more pk takers are just waiting for the keeper to dive, then they slide home gifts.

Posted by: delantero | June 29, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This clip will explain why goalkeepers guess.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymgMNLPw1yY

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | June 29, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

First half, contested header, in plain view. forearm thrown to the head, straight red... no call.

I think it's time for a new Federation. This is sickening.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 29, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention unlucky bounces for hand balls becoming yellows.

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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