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World Cup: Day 19

Scores: Paraguay 5, Japan 3 (penalty kicks); Spain 1, Portugal 0

Goal scorers: Penalty kicks: Paraguay: Barreto, Barrios, Riveros, Valdes, Cardozo; Japan: Okubo, Hasebe, Honda; Spain: David Villa (62).

Matches of the day: PRETORIA, South Africa - After 120 minutes of play resulting in a scoreless match, Paraguay outlasted Japan in the penalty kicks phase to earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Paraguay's players won all five chances in the penalty kicks phase for a 5-3 win over Japan. Japan's defender Yuichi Komano's missed his kick when the ball deflected off the crossbar, thus setting up the mini-break for Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo.

Japan's players were arm-in-arm and on their knees on the field in the hope that goalie Eiji Kawashima would make the blocks.

Etching personal history: This is the furthest Paraguay has gone in any of their World Cup appearances. David Villa earned his fourth goal of the tournament for his country.

After the victory, midfielder Cristián Riveros dedicated the victory and success of the team to Salvador Cabañas, the Club América player shot in the head while in a Mexican bar back in January. Cabañas is recuperating from the injury. He was a likely player to have suited up for the team.

Paraguay faces Spain in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

CAPE TOWN - Spain had a much easier time in a 1-0 win over Portugal.

Spanish forward David Villa, earning his fourth goal of the tournament, scored the single goal of the match in the 62nd minute off a pass from midfielder Andrés Iniesta.

Lineups: Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Yuki Abe, Yuichi Komano, Tulio Tanaka, Yuto Nagatomos, Yasuhito Endo, Daisuke Matsui, Yoshito Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Yuji Nakazawa. Coach: Takeshi Okada. Paraguay: Justo Villar, Claudio Morel, Carlos Bonet, Rogue Santa Cruz, Edgar Benitez, Enrique Vera, Paulo Da Silva, Cristian Riveros, Lucas Barrios, Néstor Ortigoza, Antolin Alcaraz. Coach: Gerardo Martino.

Spain: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, Joao Capdevilla, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso (Carlos Marcheta, 90), Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, David Villa (Pedro, 87) y Fernando Torres, (Fernando Llorente, 58). Coach: Vicente del Bosque (ESP). Portugal: Eduardo Carvalho, Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Calvhalo, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Kléper Pepe (Pedro Mendes, 71), Tiago Menaes, Simao Sabrosa (Liedson, 72), Raul Miereles, Cristiano Ronaldo y Hugo Almeida (Danny, 58). Coach: Carlos Queiroz.

Quote: "After all that we have accomplished in the tournament, I am content," said Japan's coach Takeshi Okada. "It was one of my best goals because it puts us into the next round," said Spain's David Villa.

Wednesday's matches / June 30: There are no matches scheduled until the quarterfinals on July 2, but for Wednesday and Thursday, we will publish stories on the controversy stemming from the bad calls from officials, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other action from the World Cup.

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