Paraguay opened their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign with a solid win over Chile in stunning fashion.
The back-to-back Coppa America champions were seen as overwhelming favourites for the win, but Paraguay managed a narrow 2-1 win to create a shock in the first match day of the South American qualification campaign. Óscar Romero and Da Silva were the scorers in the game, but failure to keep a clean sheet was probably the only blemish. Paraguay have no time to rest on their laurels as they are up against another top opponent in the space of a few days.
Uruguay, who are one of the top three teams in South America, will be the hosts in the next qualification game. Since this is away from home, Paraguay could be forgiven to have lofty ambitions, but that is not the case with Roque Santa Cruz. The striker, who may not start against Uruguay, says that Paraguay need all the help in the form of possession, variation, and ability to surprise the opponent when it matters the most. Team morale will be a factor in deciding the probability of success and Santa Cruz says that this quality was in abundance following this recent win.
“Both Paraguay and Uruguay have a very important air power, the slogan will be very vigilant in the ball stop. It will be a game of great concentration and much friction.The group is super happy and optimistic, was greatly strengthened the work we have been doing thanks to the victory we get to Chile.We’re fine, we should try to make a great game, challenge it and try to get the three points home,” said Santa Cruz.Jorge Moreira also expressed the idea of being able to repeat the win achieved against Chile in the opening World Cup qualification campaign.