World Cup 2010 - Santa Cruz and Paraguay through to last eight

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 29: Japan players show their dejection as the Paraguay team celebrate the penalty of Oscar Cardozo to win a penalty shoot-out and put them through to the quarter finals during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Paraguay and Japan at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The first penalty shoot out of the 2010 World Cup - as a result of the goalless draw between Paraguay and Japan -saw the South American's prevail 5-4 on penalties after 120 minutes of unadventurous fare failed to separate the two sides.

Concensus opinion is that the game was far and away the most tedious of the competition with a real lack of invention and spirit (particularly from Japan) and from the snatches of the game I saw this was certainly true. 

Paraguay move on to face Spain on Saturday evening at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

 

Although substituted early into extra time, Roque Santa Cruz did manage to complete another ninety minutes (his third in succession) but was ineffectual throughout. As you shouldn't judge a player solely on a World Cup (and many players have been bought on the back of an impressive showing) it is perhaps unfair to assess the future of Santa Cruz solely on the basis of his performances in South Africa.

However, this really has been the most sustained run that Santa Cruz has managed since signing for City and it hasn't offered a point to a real future at the club given the competition that already exists and the likely future additions.

The result of which could lead to Santa Cruz (like a number of Mark Hughes signings) having very little future left at the club.

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