Paraguay deserve win against Slovakia: coach Martino

08:32, June 21, 2010      

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As Paraguay moved top of World Cup Group F following a 2-0 victory over Slovakia Sunday afternoon, coach Gerardo Martino praised his side for the manner in which they dominated proceedings.

Enrique Vera opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Cristian Riveros sealed the victory for Paraguay in the 86th minute.

"I think we fully deserved the victory," Martino said, "My side dominated for practically the entire 90 minutes."

"In the first half we could have scored on more than one occasion given the chances we created. After the break it was a more balanced affair but we still risked little," he added.

"This is a very important victory because it puts us one step closer to the second round."

Paraguay, who tied their opener 1-1 against Italy, will take on New Zealand on Thursday afternoon in the final round of Group F games.

On his part, Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss said that "we made two mistakes and were punished for them. They were high quality opponents and their victory was deserved."

However, Slovakia who tied New Zealand 1-1 in their opener, still have the chance to make the last 16 should they beat winless Italy on Thursday in their decisive and final group encounter.

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