Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Penalty Party Begins for Paraguay

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Penalty Party Begins for Paraguay

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Japan ..................................................... 0 Paraguay ............................................... 0 (after extra time; Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties) PARAGUAY coach Gerardo Martino revealed his side were in party mood following their historic victory over Japan, although he admitted the full impact of their success has not yet sunk in.

Paraguay progressed to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time after beating Japan 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Pretoria. The victory was greeted with a party atmosphere in the streets back in Paraguay, and Martino revealed his side were enjoying being part of those celebrations.

"Obviously we are having a party, we're celebrating together with the rest of the people of Paraguay," he said.

"I can imagine the happiness of the people there, and of course let them enjoy it.

"I've seen the players make a huge effort. It was a very close match and of course now we celebrate the fact we're in the quarter-finals. …

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