ASUNCION, Oct 17 (Reuters) - German-based striker Nelson Haedo Valdez scored an early goal to give Paraguay a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a bruising World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
The result left Paraguay with four points from their
opening two games in the South American qualifying group.
Uruguay, who beat Bolivia 5-0 on Saturday, have three.
Paraguay dominated the game against a poor Uruguayan side,
who fielded four defenders and three defensive midfielders in
an overcautious line-up, leaving Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez
totally isolated in attack.
Paraguay, attempting to qualify for their fourth successive
World Cup, quickly took control and Cristian Riveros forced a
good save from goalkeeper Fabian Carini in the 10th minute.
The hosts went ahead in the 15th minute when Salvador
Cabanas picked up a loose ball, flicked it past Diego Godin,
broke down the left and played a short pass to Haedo Valdez,
who scored from close range.
Riveros went close again from the edge of the penalty area
before Uruguay produced their first real chance.
Forlan pulled the ball back from the byline and Cristian
Rodriguez met it with a fierce, low drive which was superbly
saved by Justo Villar.
Forlan was involved in Uruguay's only significant attack in
the second half when he forced another good save from Villar in
the 76th minute with a dipping effort from the edge of the
Substitutes Oscar Cardozo and Jorge Achucarro wasted good
chances to increase Paraguay's lead in the last 10 minutes.