Practically the only direct chances of the game were the two goals scored from set pieces, first by Paraguay’s Antolin Alcaraz (FIFA man of the match) after 39’ and by Italy’s Daniele De Rossi (63’).
Torres (Paraguay) set himself up in a good position in front of goal on 22’ but shot wide, Paraguay’s goal coming from a free kick by Torres, which Alcaraz headed past Buffon. After the interval, Pepe had two half-chances for Italy before he swung a corner kick into the area for de Rossi to shoot into the net, with Justo Villar out of position.
Villar kept Paraguay in the match with three wonderful saves as Italy piled on the pressure.
Italy: Buffon (Marchetti), Criscito, Chiellini, Cannavaro, De Rossi, Pepe, Iaquinta, Gilardino (Di Natale), Marchisio (Camoranesi), Zambrotta, Montolivo
Paraguay: Villar, Morel, Bonet, Vera, Da Silva, Caceres, Riveros, Torres (Santana), Valdez (Santa Cruz), Barrios (Cardozo), Alcaraz
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