Mexico, Paraguay Both Make Changes

Roque Santa Cruz returns for Paraguay in today’s quarter final match up against Mexico and will face a team with Oswaldo Sanchez in goal.

Mexican manager Hugo Sanchez looks set to recall Sanchez and drop Guillermo Ochoa, who is the only keeper of the tournament still to be beaten. Sanchez was the recognised first choice before the tournament began but his Club America rival has proven a more than able deputy.

Paraguay also have keeping issues, with Justo Villar not recovered from a muscle strained in the 1-0 defeat to Argentina. His place will be taken by Aldo Bobadilla.

Up front Roque Santa Cruz, a target for a series of English clubs, will return alongside Oscar Cardozo after starting the last match on the sidelines. Salvador Cabanas, the supersub who has scored three times in the competition after coming off the bench, will drop out.

With the exception of the goalkeeping change, Sanchez looks set to field the same side that defeated Mexico 2-0 in Group B’s second match.

Probable teams:

Paraguay: Aldo Bobadilla – Darío Verón, Julio Cáceres, Paulo Da Silva – Carlos Bonet, Edgar Barreto, Cristian Riveros, Jonathan Santana, Claudio Morel Rodríguez – Oscar Cardozo, Roque Santa Cruz.

México: Oswaldo Sánchez – Israel Castro, Rafael Márquez, Jonny Magallón, Fausto Pinto – Gerardo Torrado, Fernando Arce, Jaime Correa, Ramón Morales – Nery Castillo, Juan Carlos Cacho.

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2 responses to “Mexico, Paraguay Both Make Changes

  1. castlerock

    i think ochoa has been the best keeper in the tourney. dropping him now is cruel and stupid. why drop a keeper in form? you are just tempting a blunder from his replacement

  2. pondwatching

    Seems a bit unfair on Ochoa … he was sensational v Brazil. I’d play Guardado in an inside left position with Morales hugging the line.

    Guess Martino feels that Cardozo will finally break his duck, and that if he needs to up the ante he can bring on Cabanas.

    Hope to see another masterclass performance from Castillo.

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