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Japan given cause for optimism as they tackle Paraguay's faltering challenge

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Paraguay draw with New Zealand to progress

Paraguay 0 New Zealand 0

Group F: Italy turn to Pirlo to rescue their faltering title defence

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Vera strike lights up Paraguay

Slovakia 0 Paraguay 2

Paraguay ease past Slovakia to put next phase in sight

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