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World Cup 2010 team news: Paraguay v Japan
4 years ago

Venue Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Tuesday 3pm

Referee F de Bleeckere (Bel)

Odds Paraguay 15-13 Japan 3-1 Draw 9-4


Radio BBC 5 Live

ParaguayManager Gerardo Martino

Fifa ranking 31

Doubtful None

Injured None

Suspended V Cáceres (one match)

JapanManager Takeshi Okada

Fifa ranking 45

Doubtful None

Injured None

Suspended None

Match pointers• Japan have only ever scored one headed goal in a World Cup game – Hidetoshi Nakata's against Tunisia in 2002

• Paraguay have lost all three of their second-round matches in World Cup history, failing to score on each occasion

• Japan have lost both of their World Cup matches against South American sides, losing 4-1 to Brazil in 2006 and 1-0 to Argentina in 1998

• Paraguay are unbeaten in four World Cup matches. Only once have they gone five matches unbeaten, with that run straddling the 1958 and 1986 World Cups

• Japan have won on the six occasions that Keisuke Honda has scored and on the 11 occasions that Shinji Okazaki has found the net for them

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