Paraguay vs. Spain
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.