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Santa Cruz proud of Paraguay

Paraguay striker praises of his countrymen's achievements

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 04/07/10 3:35pm

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Roque: Praises Paraguay

Roque: Praises Paraguay

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Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz insists that there was no point dwelling on the past after Paraguay crashed out of the World Cup quarter-finals against Spain.

Barcelona striker David Villa struck the only goal late on to earn the European champions a place in the last four against Germany, after a tense encounter in Johannesburg.

Gerardo Martino's men were unlucky not to have taken the lead when Oscar Cardozo had a penalty saved by Iker Casillas in the second half as the

South Americans bowed out after their best performance at the finals.

"We don't talk about things that could or could not have happened," he said.

"Of course in that case, we had a penalty that we missed. Besides that we kept doing the same job and I think we kept ourselves very much in the game until the second half where they had two or three chances.

"But we also had our chances and we didn't make them into the goals we needed to get back into the game. So we are still very pleased with the performance."

The Manchester City striker replaced Nelson Valdez midway through the second half and was thwarted by a fine save from Casillas moments before the end.

"The chances were there, but in football sometimes you don't manage to take them. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, so you can't do anything about this," he said.

"I'm pleased with the performance, the whole team was fantastic."


The 28-year-old paid tribute to what the South Americans had achieved in South Africa.

"We are proud as Paraguay with the overall performance," he said.

"We still believe that we didn't perform probably as well as we expected, but we are in the most important football tournament in the world where opponents are all much tougher than we usually have in friendlies.

"So we are happy with what we achieved."

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