Paraguay just came very close to making this a game. Minutes after they had just about seen off the danger from that ever-threatening Uruguay tandem of Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, Paraguay only go up the other end of the pitch and nearly score. Nestor Ortigoza, who hasn't had the best game in the world, looped a ball in over the top for Nelson Valdez, who smashed a volley over the beaten Fernando Muslera and, agonisingly, off the face of the crossbar and back out.
Bad luck, that. Or was it? Replays seem to indicate that it was actually a very fine save indeed by Uruguay's goalkeeper, Muslera getting a fingertip or two to the vicious shot, enough to keep it out. The favourites have Muslera to thank for keeping the game at 2-0 and within their grasp - if Paraguay had scored there the game might actually have become interesting again.