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Buoyant Paraguay faces deflated Slovakia

sports Updated: Jun 19, 2010 11:32 IST
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Despite opening their World Cup campaigns with matching results, Paraguay and Slovakia will enter Sunday's Group F showdown in Bloemfontein with very different feelings.

Paraguay is sure to be buoyed by its 1-1 draw with world champion Italy in Cape Town, whereas Slovakia is certain to be deflated after conceding a stoppage-time equalizer to unfancied New Zealand in its 1-1 game in Rustenburg.

Group F is the tightest at the tournament, with all four teams showing exactly the same records: each has one draw, and has scored one goal and conceded one goal.

After holding Italy, Paraguay feels it has the momentum and is confident enough to talk of a first ever appearance in the World Cup quarterfinals.