BOGOTA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Paraguay handed Colombia's new coach Eduardo Lara a losing start on Saturday with a 1-0 win in Bogota which kept them top of the South American group.
Forward Salvador Cabanas stunned the hosts when he caught
goalkeeper Agustin Julio off his guard in the ninth minute.
Cabanas unleashed a swerving 30-metre shot from near the
touchline which found the huge gap between Julio and his near
post and was over the line before the keeper reacted.
Colombia, who have scored only four goals in nine
qualifiers, had plenty of possession but failed to create
openings as they slumped to their third successive defeat in
the group and completed their fourth game without scoring.
Lara, who replaced Jorge Luis Pinto following a 4-0 loss to
Chile, made sweeping changes to the side but Colombia still
showed their old failings in front of goal.
David Ferreira had their best chance in injury-time when he
fired narrowly over after some neat footwork by Darwin
Paraguay lead the 10-team group with 20 points from nine
games, four ahead of Argentina who beat Uruguay 2-1, as they
stay on course for a fourth successive World Cup appearance.
Colombia, who last qualified in 1998, stayed sixth with 10