Disappointing Brazil loses 2-0 to Paraguay on road to South Africa
( dpa ) - Paraguay beat Brazil 2-0 Sunday in Asuncion, with a solid performance from the host that cast many shadows on Brazil's path towards the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Roque Santa Cruz, in the 26th minute, and Salvador Cabanas, in the 49th minute, sealed the victory for the host.
Beyond its two goals, Paraguay - the lone leader in the South American qualifiers - had other clear chances. Cabanas hit the post in the first half and the crossbar in the second half, although the host team played with 10 men from the 47th minute.
Brazil's overall performance was disappointing, and the winner of five World Cups never appeared to threaten the rival goal.
Later Sunday, Argentina were hosting Ecuador and Bolivia were hosting Chile.
On Saturday, the games Uruguay-Venezuela and Peru-Colombia both ended 1-1.