Mexico 6 – 0 Paraguay

Nery Castillo is taken down

It rained. Rained goals.

Mexico wasted no time in capitalizing off of Paraguay’s numerous errors to win in dominating fashion.

Nery Castillo murdered Paraguay.

Two minutes into the game Caceres does his best Jonathan Bornstein impersonation making a sloppy and amateurish back pass. Nery sprints and picks up the ball before the keeper can get there and Bobavilla can’t avoid the takedown. Penalty for Mexico. Red card for Bobavilla. The Guarani coach Gerardo Martino sends in their third goalkeeper but he stood no chance against Nery on the penalty kick. Mexico 1 – Paraguay 0. A difficult start for Paraguay.

It would only get worse for them.

Playing a man down there was tons of space on defense and this was only exacerbated because Caceres and Barreto both played terrible. Nery was unselfish giving his teammates three scores – of which only one was properly finished (another was erroneously called an offsides, the other was missed horribly wide by Correa). The good karma would return back to Nery as he received a lob pass which he elegantly nailed for the 3-0. It was halftime in the game, but fulltime for Paraguay’s hopes of winning La Copa.

The second half brought some changes to both teams. Nery going out with a small injury and Paraguay making tactical changes, as only Cardozo was a threat to score early on – not Roque Santa Cruz nor Cabañas. The Paraguayans were more organized in the second half, and actually managed to look like professionals and not kids playing after school. Barretto and Santa Cruz both had great chances to score but their attacking spirit was more spiritual than anything. They would never have a chance to really get back into this game.

Paraguay is a completely different team from several years back. A casual fan who hasn’t seen any of their games lately might keep thinking this is a defensive powerhouse, relying on counterattacks and long balls to score. Gone are those days. Because gone are Chilavert and Gamarra, a tough as nails keeper and a world class defender. The team now relies on a more open attack because their defense isn’t a shadow of what it once was. We saw this today. Of course, it never helps when you go down a man – and a goal – two minutes into a game, but the old Paraguay wouldn’t let that be. A sad end of the tournament for them and for Bobavilla who was surprisingly good in the minutes he played.

Mexico advances to the semifinals comfortably, with their only question being whether they are Nery Castillo + 10, or an actual team to beat. I’m sure that question will be answered when they meet Argentina.

Chicas before Mexico vs Paraguay

The Star

Nery Castillo. F, Mexico.
Could it have been anybody else? No. Nery, Robinho and Riquelme have been making a name for themselves in Copa America.

The Ugly Duckling

Julio Cesar Caceres. D, Paraguay.
Left his keeper Bobavilla out to try and all in all had a horrible first half.

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4 comments so far

  1. crazy mexican on

    hahah
    querian mas los de paraguay

    asi como dice el sombrero de la chava “puros pendejos” eso son los que jugaron contra mexico

    y siguen los argentinos y para terminar en hombros contra brazil

  2. Marty on

    Oh, Paraguay! No one pays any attention to them (not ever after 3 WC qualifications and counting and not even when they won 5-0 against Colombia) but I follow them and a 6-0 defeat kind of threw me. You probably hit it on the head when you said they are a different team to yesteryear.

    It’s funny how Uruguay and Chile always do moderately well at the Copa yet are never “all that” in WC qualification (leagues don’t lie, to borrow a cliché, or possibly even steal one) yet Paraguay and Ecuador, clearly better teams as consecutive World Cups have proven, always flounder at the Copa.

  3. venezuela07 on

    Uruguay is an enigma. So consistently inconsistent.
    I don’t see them having a chance to defeat Brazil but they always surprise so you never know.

    Chile haven’t been a great team since the days of Ivan Zamorano. They might play well against softer squads, but fold when it comes to playing the South American oligarchy that is Argentina and Brazil.

  4. carlos on

    EN DONDE STAAN,
    EN DONDE STAAN,
    LOS PARAGUAYOS Q NOS IBAN A GANAR


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