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PAR 0 - 0 NZL: All square as Paraguay top Group F

Paraguay and New Zealand have played out a scoreless draw but it did not prevent the South Americans from finishing on top of Group F.

Group FParaguay: 0 New Zeakland: 0

Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium - Polokwane Crowd: 34,850 Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN) Yellow cards:PAR - Victor Caceres 10', Roque Santa Cruz 41' NZL - Ryan Nelsen 56'

In a match dominated by Paraguay, the South Americans could not pierce the fort-like New Zealand defence as they went about seeing 17 shots on goal go to waste only to record one point.

However, that point was enough for Gerardo Martino's men to top Group F ahead of Slovakia and move through to the Round of 16 in fairly good shape.

The New Zealand camp would be absolutely delighted to have recorded three draws from their first World Cup matches since 1982 and it only sets them up for bigger and better in the future.

Starting Line-Ups

PAR Justo Villar (gk), Claudio Morel, Denis Caniza, Julio Cesar Caceres, Oscar Cardozo (Barrios 66'), Enrique Vera, Paulo da Silva, Victor Caceres, Cristian Riveros, Nelson Valdez (Benitez 67')

Subs - Lucas Barrios (66'), Edgar Benitez (67')

NZL Mark Paston (gk), Tony Lochhead, Winston Reid, Ivan Vicelich, Ryan Nelsen, Simon Elliott, Shane Smeltz, Chris Killen (Brockie 79'), Leo Bertos, Rory Fallon (Wood 69'), Tommy Smith

Subs - Chris Wood (69'), Jeremy Brockie (79')

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