Paraguay Cruise past Colombia
Thursday 28 June 2007 Venezuela
Paraguay 5-0 Colombia
Roque Santa Cruz scored a hat-trick to put Paraguay on their way to a 5-0 mauling of Colombia.
Colombia could have taken the lead in the 26th minute when they were awarded a soft penalty, but Villar saved the spot kick from Dominguez and 2 minutes later Santa Cruz broke through to side-foot the ball past Calero in the Colombian goal. Almost straight from kick off in the second half, Santa Cruz ran onto a through ball, held off his marker and toe-poked the ball past the keeper to double the lead. Perea tested Villar twice before Santa Cruz headed the ball in at the far post for his hat-trick. Salvador Cabanas replaced Santa Cruz and made immediate impact when he stroked the ball home in the 85th minute, and 2 minutes later when he found himself alone with the keeper there was only one winner.