BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20: Cristian Riveros of Paraguay (L) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team mate Roque Santa Cruz during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Slovakia and Paraguay at the Free State Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Mangaung/Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Vera, Riveros Goals Lead Dominant Paraguay Past Slovakia, 2-0

Slovakia looks to forget their late-match disappointment against New Zealand, taking on a Paraguay side that could have had more than one point from defending champion Italy.

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World Cup 2010, Paraguay Vs. Slovakia: 2-0 Win Puts Paraguay Top In Group F

A late Cristian Riveros goal put the match away, but with the Slovaks failing to threaten until injury time, when they were already down two, there may have never been a match to put away. Paraguay went up in the 27th minute through Enrique Vera and, after that, were never threatened.

With their 2-0 victory, Paraguay sits at the top of Group F, holding four points ahead of an Italy-New Zealand match that could see one of their group counterparts pull even. Slovakia remains on one point and, facing Italy in their last match of the group, are now unlikely to go through to the knockout stage.

It’s a state of affairs for which Slovakia can only blame themselves. Paraguay used their switch to a three striker formation to exert constant pressure on the Slovakia back line. In addition to seeing their defenders respond poorly, Slovakia failed to respond. Coach Vladimir Weiss’s first substitution came in the 70th minute, a like-for-like chance that swapped forwards.

As a result, Slovakia went the match’s ninety minutes with only one shot on goal: a 92nd minute attempt from 19 yards out by Robert Vittek.

The result leaves Paraguay with four point through what was thought to be their two toughest matches. A draw against New Zealand next Thursday will put them into the knockout stage.

Slovakia is in the opposite situation. They have played what were thought to be their two easiest matches. They take on defending world champions Italy on Thursday needing a win to have a chance to advance.

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World Cup 2010, Slovakia Vs. Paraguay: Enrique Vera Goal Puts Paraguay Ahead In 27th Minute

Winger Enrique Vera has put Paraguay on top of Slovakia 1-0 in the 27th minute of Sunday's early match, using the outside of his right foot to finish past Jan Mucha from 17 yards out.

The opportunity was created by Lucas Barrios who carried the ball across the top of the penalty area before feeding through a number of Slovakia defenders to an oncoming Vera.  Center back-cum-left back Jan Durica was slow reacted to Vera's run, allowing the Paraguayan enough room to one-time te ball with the outside of his right foot, curling a shot into the left side of Durica's net.

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