Paraguay into 2nd round after 0-0 draw with Kiwis
POLOKWANE, South Africa (AP) — Paraguay was held to an uneventful 0-0 draw by New Zealand but still moved into the round of 16 at the World Cup for the fourth time in its history.
Neither team created much in the way of scoring chances, despite displaying more urgency in the final minutes than in a turgid first half at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Paraguay finished with five points in Group F. Slovakia, upset winners over Italy on Thursday, also advanced with four points. New Zealand finished third in the group with three points, while the defending champions finished last.
Paraguay substitute Edgar Benitez sent a low shot that was saved by New Zealand goalkeeper Mark Paston in the 76th minute, probably the best chance of the match.
The Paraguayans also reached the second round at the World Cup in 1986, 1998 and 2002.