Paraguay vs. Spain

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

When: 1:30 p.m. Where: Jo­han­nes­burg

TV/ra­dio: ABC; KZNX (1530 AM), KWNX (1260 AM)

The buzz: Spain has never won a World Cup or made it past the quar­ter­fi­nals in the tour­na­ment’s mod­ern era. And Spain cer­tainly has an of­fense for the ages, led by David Villa, who has four goals in the tour­na­ment. His tal­ented cast in­cludes mid­field­ers Xavi, An­dres Ini­esta and Xabi Alonso, and striker Fer­nando Tor­res. But in this tour­na­ment, Spain’s forte has been pass­ing more than scor­ing, so it will be up to de­fen­sive-minded Paraguay to limit Spain’s ball move­ment. If Paraguay can’t keep the score down it doesn’t have a chance. The South Amer­i­cans, who won their group de­spite win­ning just one game, haven’t scored in more than 214 min­utes, play­ing New Zealand to a score­less tie in the fi­nal game in group play, then bat­tling Ja­pan through 120 shutout min­utes in the elim­i­na­tion stage be­fore win­ning on penalty kicks.

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