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It would go down to a penalty shoot-out in the penultimate round of 16 match as Paraguay edged Japan.
The match didn’t have many chances during the first 90 minutes or extra time as both teams were a bit cautious. Paraguay had more possession but Japan were able to produce some decent chances. As the remained scoreless into extra time, both teams took few chances and seemed content to let it go to penalty kicks.
In the penalty kicks, both sides would convert their first round and their second round. It was 2-2 until Uruguay’s Cristian Riveros made it 3-2 which put the pressure back on Japan. Yuichi Komano stepped up to take it but would miss it as it bounced off the crossbar. That would prove to be the difference as Uruguay converted their final two kicks to win 5-3.
The win gives Paraguay its first trip to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in the country’s history and the winner of Spain or Portugal in that round. For Japan, it’s a tough loss but they are a team on the rise as well as the entire AFC region.
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