Friday June 7th, 2002
Spain vs Paraguay in Jeonju
Paraguay kicked-off from left to right and took a while to get
into their stride, even though Spain seemed to be having a siesta at the back.
With ten minutes gone, José Luis Chilavert waved his players upfield and took the
free-kick from deep in his own half. The long ball was headed out to Francisco Arce, on
the right of the Spanish area. Iker Casillas could only parry the drive as far as his own
defender, Carles Puyol, who knocked it back in..... for the third Own Goal of the
Two minutes later, Chilavert tipped a shot from Raul over the bar for
Even though Spain already had three points in the bag, they couldn't
afford to lose this game..... but with six or seven Paraguayans around Chilavert's area,
they found the going tough.
Chilavert's ability to read the game quickly thwarted Raul's attempt
to get onto the end of an inviting through-ball from Tristin.
Spain continued to have more of the possession and create more
attacking chances but in reality the under-achievers only created half-chances and
Paraguay held onto their lead.
Paraguay also looked dangerous on the counter attack with Acuna,
Cardozo and Santa Cruz the moving targets for Francisco Arce to aim for.
Half-time: Spain 0 - Paraguay 1
Spain started the second-half with a team change: Ivan Helguera and Morientes in for Luis
Enrique and Diego Tristin.
Paraguay tried to cling onto their lead, closing out the renewed threats from Morientes
and Ra�l, but couldn't prevent Fernando Morientes from rising high to head in from a
corner - 53 mins.
Chilavert failed to get to a Francisco De Pedro cross from the left and substitute
Morientes stumbled in his second goal, to give Spain the lead for the first time in the
match - 69 mins.
With a little over ten minutes remaining, Chilavert ran up the pitch
to take a free-kick for Paraguay and Casillas had to get down well to save it on the line.
Hierro made it two goals in two games from the spot after Ra�l was obstructed on a turn
in the area.
Spain become the first team to definitely qualify for the Second Round - and will play someone from Germany's group.
Man of the Match:
Francisco De Pedro - His corner and left wing cross provided the ammunition for Morientes
to shoot Spain into a 2-1, second-half lead.
Ruben Baraja (9 mins)
Francisco Arce (44 mins)
Diego Gavil�n (60 mins)
Roque Santa Cruz (80 mins)
1 Iker Casillas; 3 Juan Garcia, 6 Hierro, 20 Nadal, 5 Carles
Puyol; 8 Ruben Baraja, 11 Francisco De Pedro, 21 Luis Enrique (4 Ivan
Helguera - 46 mins), 17 Juan Carlos Valeron (19 Xavi - 85 mins); 7 Raul,
10 Diego Tristin (9 Fernando Morientes - 46 mins).
1 José Luis Chilavert; 2 Francisco Arce, 5 Celso Ayala, 18 Julio
Cesar C�ceres, 21 Denis Ramon Caniza (6 Estanislao Struway - 78 mins),
4 Carlos Gamarra; 10 Roberto Miguel Acun�a, 14 Diego Gavilon,
13 Carlos Humberto Paredes; 20 José Saturnino Cardozo (11 Jorge Campos - 63
mins), 9 Roque Santa Cruz.
Referee: Gamal Ghandour
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