There was nothing to say for the New Zealand game. It was a scoreless draw in which both teams appeared to be content to finish the game in a draw. That will not be the case this Tuesday when La Albirroja play the Samurai Blue at Loftus Versfeld field.
I have to admit that I have not paid much attention to the Japanese squad, but based on the game action I have seen, they are not a team to be taken lightly.
Roque Santa Cruz stated that the two teams match up, but that Paraguay must use their physical strength to their advantage. Tata Martino added that, "Many of these games are decided from set balls, and we must take care of those opportunities", referring to Japan scoring their goals on free kicks.
The bad news for tomorrow: Defenseman Aureliano Torres is injured and will not be able to play against Japan.