Last Updated: 20/06/10 2:22pm
Slovakia 0 Paraguay 2. Another impressive performance from a South American nation, with Paraguay easing to three points. They look to be on course for the last 16, but Slovakia seem doomed to take the first flight home as they face Italy in their final group game. Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed the game.
Paraguay still pressing as we enter the final moments. They indulge in a bout of keep-ball, and who can blame them.
At last Villar is forced into action. Vittek spins on the edge of the box and drills towards the top corner. Paraguay's keeper has to be at full stretch to tip over the top. Too little, too late.
Santa Cruz with a rare burst of energy. He is set to get through 90 minutes, which is positive, but he looks far from fit. He has barely trained all week but Paraguay will be confident there is more to come from him.
Weiss with a powerful drive from distance, but Villar remains untroubled. The shot flashes high, wide and handsome.
Still no way through for the Slovaks. They can load the box, though, as they win a free-kick in the centre circle. Kozak's delivery is poor.
Stoch lets rip from the corner of the box, but again a brave block comes in from Da Silva. Stoch then flies into a tackle on Alcaraz and is fortunate not to be booked.
Slovakia can have no complaints at the scoreline as they have done nothing to get into this game. Paraguay have now wrapped up the points and have rarely had to get out of first gear.
GOAL PARAGUAY - RIVEROS. Paraguay dont' need too many bodies forward as Riveros cracks home a second. It looked as though the chance had gone, but he takes one touch to get the ball out of his feet and lashes past Mucha from 18 yards.
Cardozo takes a Skrtel elbow to the face. Paraguay send only a handful of men into the box, with no need to take any risks.
Proves that Weiss had every right to complain, as it wasn't him that made the challenge. Pekarik was the guilty party, so a case of mistake identity for Fifa to look at after the game.
Torres is caught by Weiss after the ball is gone. Weiss is not happy, claiming the Paraguay winger dived, but he is booked regardless.
Stoch on in place of Salata as Slovakia look to up the tempo. Attacking change, but will it make any difference?
Da Silva jumps under the ball, but Weiss fails to collect. All got a bit scrappy now, with tired legs starting to take their toll.
Nice from Weiss again as he twists away from two men in the middle of the park. They haven't been able to get him on the ball often enough, or in areas where he can pose a threat.
Torres tries his luck from distance and rifles inches over the top. Worth a go and Mucha was left flapping at thin air.
Vera has put in a shift today. He is prepared to close everything down and on this occasion almost snatches the ball off Durica's toe inside the area.
Hamsik loses possession. The Napoli man is reported to be hot property at the moment, but he has offered little at this World Cup to deserve such plaudits.
Mucha fortunate as Riveros gets a toe to his clearance. The Slovakia keep hasn't looked very comfortable all day, with some of his kicking leaving a lot to be desired.
Alcaraz hobbles back on, but does not look too happy. Meanwhile, a poor pass from Salata gives Holosko no chance. Passes not finding their target.
Nasty one for Alcaraz as he goes up for a header and lands awkwardly on his ankle. Break in play as he receives treatment.
Nicely worked by Paraguay, who feed Morel. Santa Cruz is then put free down the left and floats over a clever cross. Vera is there again in the middle, but he nods inches past the post.
Strba slightly fortunate to win a free-kick off Caceres. He seemed to have let the ball run away from him.
Torres' first touch sees him put Morel under pressure, and he can't keep the ball in play. Sestak scuffs a cross and Da Silva hammers back up to halfway.
Valdez a willing runner again. He gets trapped in the corner, but bustles his way past two men. Unsurprisingly, the crowd have also gone a bit flat at the moment.
Skrtel dives in on Santa Cruz and is fortunate not to give away a free-kick. The Manchester City man stays down after taking a knock to his ankle, but bounces back up after a spell rolling around the turf.
Movement on the Paraguay bench, so expect changes to be made soon. We could do with some fresh legs to inject a bit of life back into the game.
Villar smartly off his line to beat Vittek to a lobbed pass over the top. He hasn't been tested all afternoon, with Slovakia having failed to create any real chances of note.
Durica gets away from his man and makes inroads towards the box. His touch is not the best, but he is able to force a corner. Kozak delivers and his cross somehow misses everybody.
Morel unable to force over a cross under pressure. Paraguay's full-back given more license to get forward as Slovakia continue to sit deep and invite pressure.
Santa Cruz able to hook a cross back into the box, but Skrtel is on hand again to nod clear. Alcaraz proves that he has got pace at the back for Paraguay as he chases after Weiss and beas him to a loose ball.
Calm defending from Skrtel, which helps Slovakia forward. A long ball over the top gives Vittek something to chase, but he is blocked off by Da Silva.
Bonet with a combative challenge on Durica, which earns Slovakia a free-kick. The majority of Paraguay's defenders are all relatively short and lacking in pace, but they haven't been tested nearly enough.
First prolonged period of pressure from the Slovaks. Vittek tries to wriggle a way through, before the move comes to an end as Hamsik is flagged offside.
Slack from Morel and Sestak senses an opportunity. His cross-shot fails to trouble Villar, though, as Alcaraz puts in a brave block.
Vittek finds space, but again the move takes too long to get going. In the end a hopeful cross drifts away from Strba, who had made a rare burst into the box.
Slovakia pegged back far too often. Poor clearances from Mucha and a hook over his own head from Durica hardly help their cause.
Nice feet from Weiss, who continues to look sharp. Perhaps he will be given more of a look in at Manchester City next season. Although reports continue to link him with a move away from Eastlands.
Better delivery from Sestak on this occasion. Vittek challenges Da Silva in the middle, but is unable to get his head to the ball.
No way through for Morel as everything gets a bit tight down the left. The Paraguay full-back gets back in time to prevent Sestak throwing over a cross.
Frustration for Sestak as he is crowded out. Strba is then pulled up for a foul, when Paraguay would rather have taken the advantage.
Mucha under pressure for a moment as he takes a back-pass, but Barrios hardly breaks a leg closing him down and he is able to clear.
Far from convincing defending by the Slovaks at the start of the second half. They have more joy going forward, but Pekarik sees an ambitious effort well blocked by Alcaraz.
Morel takes charge of free-kick duties again. Slovakia struggle to clear their lines, but eventually force the ball clear through Skrtel.
Both sides are as you were, with no changes made during the interval. Expect we will see Cardozo at some point, given his record for Benfica last season.
The players are back with us and we are ready for the off once more. I get the feeling there are more goals in this game, with Paraguay seemingly the most likely to add to their lead.
Liam Ferguson is still confident Slovakia can get something here. He thinks they will run out 3-2 winners, which seems slightly optimistic, but you never know!
You can also bet in-play at skybet.com. Paraguay are now 2/11 to take the win, with Slovakia 16/1 and the draw 4/1. Paraguay look capable of scoring more goals so over 2.5 goals at 6/4 looks an appealing price.
Remember you can have your say on the game by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com. What will the second half bring?
Slovakia 0 Paraguay 1. The South Americans take a deserved lead into the interval, with Vera's classy finish seperating the sides.
Slovakia unable to make the most of a late chane, with Strba seeing the ball roll behind. They need to raise their game after the break.
On side Sestak, who beats the Paraguayan trap. He is quick, but not quick enough to beat Villar to the ball.
Barrios and Valdez jump together inside the box. They end up getting in each others way and unable to make contact with hanging cross from Bonet.
Morel comes across to the right to take the free-kick, which will be inswinging. The referee spots a push inside the area and Slovakia breathe another sigh of relief.
Barrios tumbles and feels he has won a free-kick. The decision goes against him, much to his disbelief.
Slovakia looking to find a way through with Durica. He runs the ball out of play. Nice touch again from Weiss prior to that, and he looks to be in the mood to put on a show.
Another wayward cross from Slovakia which gives those in the middle little to work with. Weiss had been left free again and waves his arms in frustration when he is not found.
Good save by Mucha, who bails out his side. Slovakia give the ball away in midfield and Santa Cruz is set clear on goal. He drills low towards the bottom corner, but is denied by Mucha's outstretched leg.
Bonet with a poor first touch and the ball bounces up onto his hand. Slovakia take the free-kick quickly to Weiss, but he is soon outnumbered and unable to pick out a team-mate.
Durica wins a corner, which Kozak trots over to take. Salata rises highest to meet the set-piece, but can't control his header and nods over the crossbar. Slovakia's best chance by a mile.
Free-kick to Slovakia as Caceres catches Strba. Kozak delivers, with plenty of team-mates to aim at. He fails to pick one out as Alcaraz flicks the ball out for a throw.
Santa Cruz gets away from Strba and sets off for a one-two. The ball back to him is not the best and he is unable to pull a cross back across goal. Slovakia counter, with Paraguay wobbling slightly at the back, but Hamsik is unable to unlock the door.
Long ball down the middle almost has Barrios away. He then handles, bringing an end to the latest Paraguay attack. At the other end Vittek comes agonisingly close to getting a telling touch to a driven cross from Sestak.
Better from Slovakia. Sestak pops up on the right this time and swings over a high cross. Weiss is lurking at the back post, but sees the ball sail over his head.
Hamsik, who needs to take control for Slovakia, finds a yard and looks to move forward. The ball is soon heading backwards again, though, with the men in white reluctant to take chances.
Skrtel throwing his weight around again. He takes no prisoners and comes through Barrios to get the ball. Fair challenge from the Liverpool man, who needs to get his side going.
Paraguay looking for a second straight away. It is not in the nature of sides from Latin America to sit on what they have and play safe. I expect Slovakia could be in for a long afternoon!
Will the goal bring Slovakia out of their shell? If they lose here today you have to feel that will be their World Cup adventure over.
GOAL PARAGUAY - VERA. Deserved lead for Paraguay after another flowing move. Barrios slips a great pass into Vera, who times his run to perfection and bends the ball past Mucha with the outside of his boot.
Morel has raced forward from left-back, chasing a hopeful pass into the corner. He almost catches the Slovakia defence off guard, but can't quite catch up with the ball.
Decent enough game at the moment, just lacking an end product. Both sides have players capable of producing moments of magic and the warm weather could see them given more time and space as the game wears on.
Smart turn from the lively Valdez to shake off his man. He immediately sets his sights on goal, but drags a 25-yard effort well past the post.
Paraguay counter, with Barrios and Vera linking up well. The former gets a shot in on goal from a tight angle, but lifts his effort high over the top.
Weiss unable to dance his way past Caceres. He has looked bright and his run leads to a nervy moment for Paraguay. Alcaraz gets a header all wrong and is relieved to see the ball drop into the arms of his keeper.
Not happening for Slovakia at the moment. Every time they get the ball out of their own half it just comes straight back at them. They need to adopt a more attacking approach if they are to get anything here.
Hamsik fells Riveros. Paraguay look to free Bonet, who has found acres of space on the right flank. The pass towards him is over-hit though and rolls out of play.
Riveros tests Mucha with a 20-yard drive. Purposeful break by Paraguay, with red and white shirts piling forward. Riveros' shot is well hit, but straight down the throat of the Slovakia keeper.
Great delivery in the end by Morel as he swings the ball to the back post. Vittek allows Da Silva to get away from him, but the centre-half is unable to get his head to the ball and divert it goalwards.
Morel with another chance to lump a free-kick into the area. He is forced to bide his time, though, as the referee is not happy with the pushing and shoving between Santa Cruz and Hamsik.
Weiss springs Slovakia to life with a darting run down the right. He picks out Sestak on the edge of the box, but he is denied a shooting opportunity by a solid challenge from Bonet.
Paraguay are dominating possession. They are prepared to be patient and are trying to keep the ball on the deck. South American sides have fared admirably at the World Cup so far.
Santa Cruz wins a free-kick off Pekarik. Morel opts against floating the ball into the box and looks to change the angle. Bonet is unable to deliver from the right, but does win a throw.
Sloppy from Kozak as he gives the ball away. Paraguay then return the favour, with Riveros spraying a pass towards no-one.
Santa Cruz into Vera, but he is quickly closed down on the edge of the box. Paraguay are offering more of a threat, but Slovakia look solid.
Another free-kick to Paraguay in a promising position as Skrtel clatters Barrios with a high boot. Morel delivers once more, but the ball is bundled to safety.
Salata pushed all the way back, almost to his own goal line, before clearing. Slovakia are able to retain possession, but Strba's cross from the left is woeful and sails behind.
Free-kick to Paraguay, allowing them to load the box. Morel delivers and two Slovakian defenders nod the ball up in the air. Skrtel then take charge and hammers clear.
Bonet and Sestak clash, with the Slovakian coming off worse as he takes a blow to the head. He is soon back on his feet and okay to continue. Paraguay knock the ball around well, but everything is in the middle of the park so far.
Valdez tumbles under a tame challenge and gets nothing. Paraguay remain on the front foot, but Santa Cruz is unable to catch up with a pass slid towards the corner flag.
Slovakia are being pegged back a bit, but are getting plenty of men behind the ball. Sloppy pass from Hamsik almost has Valdez breaking in on goal, but he slips at the vital moment.
Valdez, with Skrtel at his back, looks to turn inside the box. He is able to get a shot away, but it rolls well wide. Good movement, though, and promising for the South Americans.
Top drawer save from Mucha as he tips a deflected effort from Santa Cruz over the top. The ball was dipping under his crossbar. Paraguay play the corner short and Sestak eventually heads clear for Slovakia.
Barrios with a clever cross, after working half a yard. Santa Cruz is waiting in the middle, but can't get near the delivery.
Sestak looks to have broken in behind, but is hauled back by the lineman's flag. He would have struggled to keep the ball in play anyway.
Pekarik gets Slovakia moving down the right. Paraguay are yet to touch the ball, but are putting their opponents under pressure.
The players are out and the national anthems ring out around the stadium. Plenty of empty seats here today, but hopefully those in attendance will be treated to plenty to get excited about.
Paraguay team: Villar, Bonet, Da Silva, Alcaraz, Morel Rodriguez, Vera, Victor Caceres, Riveros, Santa Cruz, Haedo Valdez, Barrios. Subs: Diego Barreto, Veron, Caniza, Julio Caceres, Cardozo, Edgar Barreto, Benitez, Santana, Torres, Ortigoza, Gamarra, Bobadilla.
Slovakia team: Mucha, Pekarik, Skrtel, Salata, Durica, Sestak, Strba, Hamsik, Weiss, Kozak, Vittek. Subs: Pernis, Cech, Zabavnik, Sapara, Holosko, Jakubko, Stoch, Jendrisek, Kucka, Kopunek, Petras, Kuciak.
You can also bet in-play at skybet.com. Slovakia start as slight outsiders at 3/1, with Paraguay evens and the draw also 3/1. You can get 13/2 on Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz breaking the deadlock.
Can Slovakia claim a much-needed success or will Paraguay be celebrating come the final whistle? Who are the men most likely to have a major say in the outcome of the game? Let me know your thoughts.
Slovakia, arguably, have the greater need to take the points, as they will face Italy in their final encounter. Paraguay, though, can take nothing for granted and will be desperate to get a win on the board.
All that means that both sides should be going all out for a victory this afternoon, giving them the best possible chance of reaching the last 16.
Slovakia suffered late heartache in their meeting with New Zealand, with the All Whites snatching a dramatic last-gasp leveller. Paraguay, meanwhile, took the lead in their clash with reigning world champions Italy, but were pegged back by Daniele De Rossi and forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
All four sides took a point from their opening fixture, so there is still all to play for as the second round of fixtures get underway.