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Spain cracks stifling Paraguay defense

Updated: July 3, 2010, 5:49 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- It took a dreadful game, two missed penalties and a goal on an attack that hit the post three times, but Spain scraped out a 1-0 win Saturday over Paraguay to advance to the semifinals for the first time in its World Cup history. Here are the heroes and zeroes:

Xavi, Spain: A-

The only Spaniard to play up to his usual level, Xavi scattered good balls to all those around him but saw only a smattering of them arrive to his out-of-form compatriots. The look ...

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