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The final two spots are filled for this year’s semi-final round at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Paraguay and Spain picked up big wins today in the semi-finals that are now half filled with South American countries.

Paraguay joins Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay as the fourth team from South America to reach the semi-finals. Paraguay needed extra time, and a shootout to defeat Japan. The match went scoreless through extra time, until Japanese defender Yoichi Komano hit the cross bar on the team’s third attempt during the shootout. Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo then sealed the victory with a shot past Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, who had a solid tournament but couldn’t quite keep Japan alive.

Paraguay will face Spain, who defeated Portugal in the second match of action today. In a much more exciting game, it was Spain who despite only scoring one goal, seemed to dominate Portugal. Holding possession for over 60% of the time and took 19 shots, to only 9 for Portugal. It was David Villa who scored at 63 minutes to give Spain their ticket to the semi-finals.

When World Cup action resumes on Friday, Ghana will face Uruguay, and Netherlands will face Brazil.

adidas f50 adizero with Paraguay iconA player from Parguay’s adidas f50 adiZero.

Yasuhito Endo of Japan in the Umbro StealthYasuhito Endo of Japan in the Umbro Stealth.

Carlos Bonet in the adidas adiPure III battles with Yoshito Okubo in the NikeCarlos Bonet in the adidas adiPure III battles with Yoshito Okubo in the Nike CTR 360.

Enrique Vera of Paraguay controls the ball wearing the PUMA Power Cat 1.10Enrique Vera of Paraguay controls the ball wearing the PUMA Power Cat 1.10.

Nelson Valdez of Paraguay in the adidas F50 adiZeroNelson Valdez of Paraguay in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in the Nike SuperflyOscar Cardozo of Paraguay in the Nike T90 Laser.

Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal wearing the Nike SuperflyChristiano Ronaldo of Portugal wearing the Nike Superfly.

Eduardo of Portgual in the PUMA Pwer Cat 1.10Eduardo of Portgual in the PUMA Power Cat 1.10.

Fernando Llorente of Spain in the adidas Predator XFernando Llorente of Spain in the adidas Predator X.

David Villa of Spain Ricardo Costa of PortugalDavid Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero, Ricardo Costa of Portugal in the adidas adiPure III.

David Villa of Spain celebrates his goal in the adidas F50 adiZeroDavid Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero.