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Justo Villar shows off his birthday cake ©Getty Images

In the cut-throat environment of World Cup knockout football, it's nice to know that common human courtesy hasn't been abandoned by Paraguay.

Wednesday was Justo Villar's 33rd birthday and the goalkeeper was surprised at the end of a press conference when the Paraguayan journalists all sung him a birthday song to mark the occasion.

A cake was even produced out of nowhere by officials from the country's football federation. Presumably it was jelly, ice cream and party bags all round for the journos.

But what do you get the goalkeeper who has a World Cup quarter-final to look forward to? Given he is facing Spain and David Villa, perhaps a suitable present would be a bag containing a rabbit's foot, a four-leafed clover and a box of Lucky Charms.

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