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Paraguay Ties Spain, Holds On to Second Place
Miguel Benitez
Paraguay and Spain played to a scoreless tie on June 19 as both teams maintained chances to advance in the knockout stage. Paraguay is currently second in the group standings with two points after two ties and faces Nigeria in its final game on June 24 in Toulouse. At right, Paraguay's Miguel Benitez shows the frustration of missing many scoring opportunities. Goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert again had one of the better shots, taking a free kick from 30 yards in the 39th minute, but struck the ball into a wall of players.

Jose Luis Chilavert
Oleg Popov/Reuters
Paraguay, Bulgaria Fail to Score
Paraguay and Bulgaria produced the first scoreless draw of the 1998 finals on Friday, a match that left both sides ruing missed opportunities. The Bulgarians were dominant in the first half, but seemed to tire and were happy with the tie. Paraguay, which was offensively inept in the first half, had the better chances in the second half, including a stunning 35-yard free kick by goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert (pictured) that Bulgarian counterpart Zdravko Zdravkov had to punch out from just under the top left corner.

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World Cup Highlights

 Fifth World Cup finals appearance
 Won 1953 Copa America in Peru
 Won 1979 Copa America in Argentina
 Five times a Copa America finalists

First-Round Schedule

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site TV
Friday, June 12, 8:30 a.m. Bulgaria Montpellier ESPN2
Friday, June 19, 3 p.m. Spain Saint-Etienne ESPN
Wednesday, June 24, 3 p.m. Nigeria Toulouse ESPN2

Complete First-Round Schedule


Pos. Name Age Club
GK Ruben Ruiz Diaz 28 Monterrey
GK Jose Luis Chilavert 31 Velez Sarsfield
GK Danielo Aceval 22 Union Santa Fe
D Ricardo Rojas 27 Estudiantes
D Pedro Sarabia 22 River Plate
D Catalino Rivarola 33 Gremio
D Carlos Gamarra 27 Corinthians
D Celso Ayala 27 River Plate
D Francisco Arce 28 Palmeiras
D Denis Caniza 23 Olimpia
M Roberto Acuna 26 Real Zaragoza
M Julio Enciso 28 Internacional
M Edgar Aguilera 22 Cerro Cora
M Carlos Paredes 21 Olimpia
M Carlos Morales 31 Gimnasia de Jujuy
F Hugo Brizuela 27 Argentinos Juniors
F Jose Cardozo 27 Necaxa
F Miguel Benitez 27 Espanyol
F Aristides Rojas 28 Union
F Jorge Campos 27 Beijing Guoan
F Juan Carlos Yegros 27 Cruz Azul
F Hugo Brizuela 28 Argentina Juniors

Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
1 2 4 10 9
How Qualified: Second place in CONMEBOL
Nov. 16, 1997Peru 1, Paraguay 0
Oct. 12, 1997Paraguay 1, Venezuela 0
Sept. 10, 1997Paraguay 2, Bolivia 1
Aug. 20, 1997Ecuador 2, Paraguay 1
July 20, 1997 Chile 2, Paraguay 1
July 6, 1997 Paraguay 1, Argentina 2
April 30, 1997Paraguay 3, Uruguay 1
April 2, 1997Paraguay 2, Colombia 1
Feb. 12, 1997Paraguay 2, Peru 1
Jan. 12, 1997Venezuela 0, Paraguay 2
Dec. 15, 1997Bolivia 0, Paraguay 0
Nov. 10, 1997Paraguay 1, Ecuador 0
Oct. 9, 1997Paraguay 2, Chile 1
Sept. 2, 1997Argentina 1, Paraguay 1
June 2, 1997Uruguay 0, Paraguay 2
April 24, 1997Colombia 1, Paraguay 0

Facts and Figures

Location: Central South America, northeast of Argentina
Population: 5,651,634 (July 1997 est.)
Capital: Asuncion
Comparative area: Slightly smaller than California
Religions: Roman Catholic 90 percent, Mennonite and other Protestant denominations
Landscape: Grassy plains and wooded hills east of Rio Paraguay; Gran Chaco region west of Rio Paraguay mostly low, marshy plain near the river, and dry forest and thorny scrub elsewhere

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