World Cup 2010 Second Round: Paraguay 5-3 (AP) Japan

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Yūichi Komano missed the third Japan spot-kick to ensure Paraguay progressed 5-3 on penalties to face Spain in the last eight of the World Cup.

The second round match at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium ended goalless after extra-time, but it came as no surprise as the cagey affair was a game no neutral really fancied watching.

The first five kicks in the shoot-out all went in before Komano smashed his spot-kick onto the crossbar and over.

Nelson Haedo Valdez kept his head to smash it down the middle then Keisuke Honda gave Japan hope by coolly beating Justo Villar.

But substitute Óscar Cardozo kept his nerve to net the last and send the South Americans into wild celebrations on the pitch.


Paraguay: Justo Villar; Carlos Bonet, Paulo da Silva, Antolín Alcaraz, Claudio Morel; Enrique Vera, Néstor Ortigoza (Édgar Barreto, 75), Cristian Riveros; Roque Santa Cruz (Óscar Cardozo, 94), Lucas Barrios, Édgar Benítez (Nelson Haedo Valdez, 60)

Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Yūichi Komano, Yuji Nakazawa, Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Yuto Nagatomo; Yuki Abe (Kengo Nakamura, 81); Makoto Hasebe, Daisuke Matsui (Shinji Okazaki, 65), Yasuhito Endō, Yoshito Ōkubo (Keiji Tamada, 106); Keisuke Honda

Penalty Shoot-Out:
Édgar Barreto1 - 1Yasuhito Endō
Lucas Barrios2 - 2Makoto Hasebe
Cristian Riveros3 - 2Yūichi Komano
Nelson Haedo Valdez4 - 3Keisuke Honda
Óscar Cardozo5 - 3

6Shots on target4
8Shots off target8
1Yellow Cards4
0Red Cards0
60Ball possession (%)40

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