Paraguay national team coachFrancisco Arce says that his team are confident about getting a positive result against Chile in the upcoming World Cup qualifier.
The national team comes on the back of a disastrous run after losing five out of the last six games in all competitions – even in terms of friendlies. Paraguay are in a very poor position with regard to qualifying for the World Cup. The South American qualification group consists of 10 teams with only four progressing into the finals automatically, while a fifth team has to encounter a play-off.
The Paraguayan national team are placed heat in the table after only 18 points from the opening 14 matches. However, the biggest hope for the national team is finishing in the fifth spot and at least being involved in the play-offs. Paraguay will have to overcome the biggest hurdle in the form of Argentina, who are fifth in the table. Ecuador and Peru are also ahead in the table. More Link
New Zealand have been drawn to face Paraguay, Mali and Turkey in Group B of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup set for October this year. New Zealand are the OFC Champs.
They had humbled their rivals New Caledonia 7-0 in Tahiti to get the nod.
The venues of the tournamentare spread across India, the host. The event is set to take place from October 6th to 28th. Twenty four teams would partake in the event.
Group A has hosts India, USA, Columbia and Ghana. Group B comprises of Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey. Group C holds Iran, Guinea, Germany and Costa Rica. Group D has Korea DRP, Niger, Brazil, and Spain. Group E has Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, and France. Group F consists of Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England.More Link
The pitch clash between Argentina and Paraguay in which Sergio Aguero failed to score a penalty as Argentina suffered their first home loss in a 1-0 World Cup qualifier loss against Paraguay in Cordoba.
It was an essential moment with Argentina already trailing to Derlis Gonzalez’s counter-attacking opener in the first half, the winger exploiting a lack of pace in an opposition defence.
Paraguay sat on the goal, inviting pressure from the hosts, who struck the post through Angel Di Maria in the first half as Marcos Rojo goal was controversially ruled out for offside.
Paraguay came close to scoring an opener in the seventh minute when Gustavo Gomez gave a diving header wide using Oscar Romero’s free-kick from the left.
They only had to wait 11 more minutes to make the breakthrough, though, and it came following a rapid counter-attack.
Angel Di Maria came close to restoring parity midway through the half when his left-footed sprint from the edge of the box hit the base of the post and went behind, while Rojo sliced an opportunity over in the 26th minute.More Link