Last Updated: 29/06/10 5:42pm
Cardoza nonchalantly steers the ball into the bottom corner, with Kawashima going the wrong way. Paraguay are through to the quarter-finals!
Honda tries to play in Nakamura but Alcaraz intercepts and brings the ball clear. The whistle goes to signify the first penalty shoot-out of the 2010 World Cup.
Riveros is unluckily cautioned for handball when the ball merely bounced up as he tried to control it. Bad decision on the handball front again from the ref.
What a chance for Japan! Okazaki, on the by-line, backheels to Tamada, who looks up and crosses to no-one. Could have had a shot there.
Endo thinks he's been fouled on the edge of the area after some neat build-up play by Japan but the decision goes the other way.
Morel is shoved off the ball inside Japan's half. Morel sends over the cross which is flicked on by Valdez and saved low by Kawashima.
Liam Ferguson writes: "Well I thought this was a half decent match with plenty of good passing and a few chances, I am still trying to figure out how Honda picked up his yellow card, there didn't seem to be anything wrong, I think it was just a bad decision on the referee's part. Da Silva I thought was brilliant all game, He was a rock in the centre of defence and made some important clearances and tackles, and for Japan Kawashima was brilliant in goal but if it were up to me I would give the man of the match to Da Silva for his performance for Paraguay. Not the best last 16 game but good enough. 8/10
The first period of extra time is over as the first penalty shoot-out of this year's tournament beckons.
Kawashima takes a long free-kick and hoofs it up to Honda near the touchline. He can't keep the ball in as the ball flicks off his head.
Honda earns a throw for Japan and is then barged off the ball by Barreto near the left touchline inside Paraguay's half. Dangerous moment this.
More pressing from Paraguay as Morel crosses from the left for Barreto, who gets to the loose ball ahead of Tulio but just flicks it over the bar from close range.
Japan have a free-kick on the left which is driven in by Honda and palmed out for a corner by Villar.
Great chance for Paraguay as Morel slips the ball to Valdes, who turns his marker and forces a point-blank save from Kawshima.
Riveros tries a neat flick to the two front men but the ball splices the pair of them and Kawashima gathers.
Decent chance for Paraguay as the improving Morel crosses for Barrios, whose header is straight at Kawashima.
Barreto sends in a poor cross from a good position inside Japan's area. Barrios is furious. Santa Cruz is brought off and replaced by Oscar Cardozo.
The first half of extra time is under way and Nakamura's cross-cum-shot is cleared for a corner by Alcaraz.
Extra time beckons as the whistle goes for the end of the 90 minutes. It's picked up in tempo and both sides are showing signs that they want to win the game. Stay tuned for an extra half an hour.
Third yellow card for Japan as Honda is cautioned for trying to chest the ball down but it hits his arm. Didn't deserve a booking.
Endo swings it in and Nakazawa's header to the far post has Tulio stretching to get in a half-volley but the defender can't wuite reach.
Morel's throw down the left, near the Japan corner flag, is flicked on but nodded out by a defender.
Da Silva having a good finish as he heads out Komano's cross from the right. Seconds later he's there again to head the ball out, going over the back of Hasebe, who is penalised.
Komano gets forward and crosses into the box but Da Silva is there to volley it clear. Moments later Da Silva clears a Honda cross for a throw. Two balls on the pitch now. Good chance of a goal with that scenario.
Nagatomo on the overlap sends over a great cross which is punched out by Villar, who clatters into Okubo.
Morel's arm catchses Endo, who falls to the ground in a heap. The ball is put of play as he receives treatment.
Barreto fancies his chances from distance and his shot takes an awkward bounce in front of Kawashima who does well to hold on to the ball.
Under-hit back pass from Da Silva has Villar rushing out to clear off the boot of Honda. Lucky escape for Paraguay.
Da Silva grappling with Abe near Paraguay's by-line but the last touch comes off the japan midfielder.
Half a chance for Paraguay as a deep cross finds Da Silva at the back post. He pulls thee ball back for Barrios but Nagatomo clears oncee more.
Another good moment for Ortigoza , who times his tackle on Honda to perfection down Japan's right flank.
Honda plays a beautiful reverse pass for Okazaki, but hs cross is cut out by Ortigoza. Perhaps he should have had a shot.
Lovely run from Santa Cruz before he plays the ball back to Morel. Japan eventually earn a throw taken by Komano.
Tulio is grimacing in pain but he uis able to jog to the touchline. Very brave, thought he was out for the count there.
Morel sends over a free-kick from the right and Kawashima knees Tulio in the face. Worrying moment as the stretcher comes on.
Final word to Liam O'Donoghue: "That's the Endo these jokes now. Let's concentrate on this gripping football match." Spot-on Liam.
Honda does well to control the ball on his chest following a pass by Tulio. After a good spell of possession Nagatomo sends over a deep cross but Matsui can't get on the end of it.
Valdez goes in late on Abe. Japan get forward and earn a corner. Endo delivers a great outswinging cross for Tulio, who gets above his defender and heads just wide. Good effort.
One of Paraguay's best moves as Morel delivers a great cross which Riveros heads straight at Kawashima.
First booking of the game goes to Matsui, who controls the ball with his hand and then clears the ball after the whistle went.
Morel then sends over a better cross for Santa Cruz, but the Man City man can't quite get good contact with his head.
This is the best of the lot. Anthony McMahon writes: "Have you seen the "Bonet on DaSilva Honda". Right, no more I promise
Good break by Edgar Benitez but his touch lets him down and skipper Makoto Hasebe comes across to sweep up.
Johnny Potts is back to write: "Hope Riveros scores as Steve Bruce's red and white army have just signed him. He is very impressive and looks great in midfield. The pirate is leading the defence. COME ON PARAGUAY!!!!"
No changes at half-time by the way and not much alteration in the pattern of play either as Paraguay pass the ball back to the keeper.
OK, here we go. Paraguay lose the ball dowen their left, but they soon regain control and Santa Cruz is fouled near the touchline.
Apologies if you are waiting to see the picture of the digger but there's a ban on showing such images in the name of public decency.
Bill McGrath, in Washington DC, has urged me to "invoke the commentator's curse here ... start saying things like "Japan will never score" or "Santa Cruz won't even test the keeper with that kind of shot" ... Those sorts of comments always results in some one getting a goal." Bill, Japan WILL NOT SCORE. Let's hope it works.
The whistle brings to an end a tortuous 45 minutes which had three moments of excitement. Barrios' turn and shot in the box which was saved by Kawashima, Matsui's great 30-yard strike which hit the bar and er...Santa Cruz's miss.
Nagatomo goes down looking for a free-kick after a slight shove from Alcaraz but the ref isn't interested so Paraguay get a throw.
Really looking forward to reading Ian's link. Throw to Paraguay inside Japan's half. Japan coach Takeshi Okada wags his finger in disagreement.
Tulio is fouled inside his own half. Japan want to take it quickly but are prevented from doing so by one of their opponents.
Free-kick to Paraguay as they bring the ball forward. Ian Walters has found something interesting about Honda and tractors which I'll tell you about at half-time. Cheers Ian.
The Japan fans are getting excited beating their drums to create a carnival atmospheere. Wish it would translate onto the pitch. Free-kick to Japan on their left after Honda was fouled.
Great chance for Japan as Matsui breaks. He lays the ball off to Honda, who shoots first time when Okubo was in acres of space on his left. Honda's shot is powerful but it's always going wide.
Komano centres from the right and Villar seems to carry the ball over the line at his near post but the reef awards a goal-kick.
Bad mistake from Endo allows paraguay to break. Barrios gets into the area and makes a theatrical dive in a desperate bid for a penalty but the ref doesn't even acknowledge his theatrics it was so ridiculous.
Endo curls in the free-kick and Santa Cruz stoops to make a diving header. Thought that was going to be an own goal for a moment.
Paulo Da Silva dives in on Honda and although he gets the ball the ref isn't happy with the follow-through. No card though.
Having said that Komano whips in a good cross which strikes the thigh of Bonet and the danger is over with for a moment.
Honda just isn't getting any service at the moment as he ploughs a lone furrow. Can a Honda plough a furrow? Do Honda make tractors?
The corner is swung in by Morel and about five players go up for it. The ball lands perfectly for Santa Cruz but he drags his left-footed shot wide from around eight yards.
Barrios gets into the box, cuts on to his right and his cross is headed out for a corner by Yuki Abe.
Anotheer slow build-up from the Paraguayans as they play the ball around the back.Japan are proving to be a tough nut to crack.
Morel's cross from the left is too high for Santa Cruz. Bonet retrieves the ball from the far side but his cross is only marginally better.
Carlos Bonet just fails to keep the ball in play and Japan have a throw near the corner flag of the men in blue.
Let's hope the action continues like this for the rest of the game. Was in danger of dozing off after 20 minutes.
The game is finally alive! Matsui latches on to a loose ball in midfield and hits the crossbar from 30 yards.
At last some action! Barrios gets a sniff of a chance in the box with a brilliant piece of skill to take him past Komano. He pokes the ball goalwards but Kawashima makes a good save.
Japan look good playing short, quick passes, but don't seem to have the drive or talent to penetrate the defence.
Ortigoza sprays the ball to the left wing but the ball bounces over the head of marauding left-back Rodriguez for a throw.
Antolin Alcaraz tries to escape the attentions of Okubo and is nearly tackled in a dangerous position. Throw to Paraguay.
Slow build-up from the back from Paraguay, but they've had the ball for a good 30 seconds until Carlos Bonet tries to feed Santa Cruz but the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
Okubo clips the heel of Santa Cruz and Paraguay have a free-kick which is whipped in by Claudio Morel Rodriguez straight down the throat of Eiji Kawashima.
Santa Cruz crosses from the right and Riveros and Edgar Benitez collide just outside the six-yard box. It looks nasty but they're both fit to continue after a spell on their backs.
Paulo Da Silva heads the ball out for a Japan throw. The ball is played back to Tulio, who lumps the ball upfield and it bounces into the arms of Villar.
Right-back Yuichi Komano tests Justo Villar with a low shot which the paraguay keper saves well. Paraguay break forward and earn a corner which is taken by Riveros and headed out by Komano.
Lucas Barrios does well to nip in ahead of Yuto Nagatomo as Paraguay look to beak through but they soon lose possession.
Japan get the match under way and Yoshito Okubo nearly capitalises on a mistake at the back with a long-range effort which just flashes wide.
If you fancy a flutter on this game Sky Bet make Paraguay 11/10 to win in 90 minutes, the draw is 21/10 and a Japan victory is 11/4.
Paraguay: Villar, Bonet, Da Silva, Alcaraz, Morel Rodriguez, Vera, Ortigoza, Riveros, Santa Cruz, Barrios, Benitez. Subs: Diego Barreto, Veron, Caniza, Julio Caceres, Cardozo, Edgar Barreto, Santana, Torres, Haedo Valdez, Bobadilla, Gamarra.
Japan: Kawashima, Komano, Nakazawa, Tanaka, Nagatomo, Matsui, Abe, Endo, Hasebe, Honda, Okubo. Subs: Narazaki, Uchida, Okazaki, Shunsuke Nakamura, Tamada, Yano, Iwamasa, Kengo Nakamura, Konno, Morimoto, Inamoto, Kawaguchi.
Good afternoon and welcome to the clockwatch for the last-16 match between Japan and Paraguay. The teams will be in shortly but if you have any thoughts on the match which probably doesn't quite have the pulses racing, unlike tonight's encounter between Spain and Portugal, then e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org