World Cup 2010 - Santa Cruz and Paraguay move on

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24: Tommy Smith of New Zealand and Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay battle for the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Subject to plenty of speculation regarding his future at City, Roque Santa Cruz played a second successive ninety minutes as Paraguay took a point from their goalless draw against New Zealand to finish atop Group H.

The highlights I caught didn't suggest the game would go down in the annals of all-time World Cup encounters but it did see Paraguay ensure a first place finish, and they will move on to the knock-out stages with some confidence.

Paraguay will next face Japan in Pretoria next Tuesday afternoon.

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