World Cup 2010: Spain vs. Paraguay Live Stream
Reigning European champions Spain battle Paraguay this evening for a spot in the semifinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Spaniards haven’t been to the final four of football’s grandest event in six decades, a drought they’ll finally look to erase in Johannesburg. They reached the semis at Brazil 1950 when only 13 nations participated. Four group winners advanced to a round-robin pool to decide the title, which Uruguay won.
Spain and Paraguay might share the same language but they have different styles to playing football. Vicente del Bosque’s men are committed to an attacking game, while the South Americans are very firm with their defense. La Furia Roja typically control the ball for 65-70 percent of matches, and Gerardo Martino’s side would try to shut down the Spanish midfield, win the ball and hit it on the break. The last time they met in the tournament, in 2002, the European side comfortably cruised past Paraguay 3-1.
“It’s going to be a good match where you will see two types of football,” Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar told reporters in South Africa. “One side trying to attack skillfully while we try to stop them and then try to take advantage of our chances.”
La Albirroja were not expected to make it to the quarterfinals but they have proved all their detractors wrong, and are now in with a chance of making it to the final four. They have conceded only one goal in this tournament, in a 1-1 stalemate with Italy in their opening game.
The match kicks-off at 20:30 CET (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: David Villa struck in the 83rd minute to give the European champions a 1-0 win over Paraguay. Spain and Germany will meet in a World Cup semi-final in Durban Wednesday.