Paraguay failed in their bid to finish at the top of the South American World
Cup qualifying zone standings as they slumped to a surprise home loss to
Colombia at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asuncion.
Second-half goals by Adrian Ramos and Hugo Rodallega saw already-eliminated
Colombia climb to seventh in the final standings, while Paraguay must settle for
third behind Chile and group winners Brazil after their fifth loss of the
With little more than pride resting on the result, neither side was prepared to
commit much to the attack in a largely disappointing opening period which ended
Paraguay almost hit the front after 57 minutes when Osvaldo Martinez rattled
the post with a header after connecting with Nelson Haedo Valdez's teasing
Gerardo Martino's men were left to rue that miss four minutes later as Ramos
received the ball on his chest - amid shouts of handball by the home defenders -
and advanced on goal before drilling a shot across Justo Villar and into the far
The hosts failed to find an answer after falling behind and the result was put
beyond them with ten minutes remaining.
A swift counter-attack resulted in Wigan striker Rodallega firing home beyond
the helpless Villar as the Cafeteros made sure of only their sixth win in 18
The result marked the third successive occasion that Colombia have triumphed in
this fixture in World Cup qualifying. The last time the Guaranies tasted victory
over Colombia in a home qualifier came with a 2-1 win ahead of France 1998.