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Paraguay in party mood, Martino says

June 29, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino revealed his side were in party mood following their historic victory penalty over Japan although he admitted the full impact of their success has not yet sunk in.

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Paraguay progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time after beating Japan 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Pretoria. The victory was reportedly greeted with a party atmosphere in the streets back in Paraguay, and Martino revealed his side were enjoying being part of those celebrations.

"Obviously we are having a party, we're celebrating together with the rest of the people of Paraguay,'' he said. "I can imagine the happiness of the people there, and of course let them enjoy it.

"I've seen the players make a huge effort. It was a very close match and of course now we celebrate the fact we're in the quarter-finals.''

Martino admitted it may take a while for their historic achievement to sink in.

"I believe that (goalkeeper) Villar was right when he said in the dressing room that we haven't given the necessary importance to this match yet. Perhaps we will give it that afterwards,'' he added.

Despite the lack of chances throughout the game, Martino believes neither side should feel too disappointed about their performance.

"Perhaps it was not the way people wanted to see it, but neither the winner or loser have anything to reproach themselves about,'' he added. "There's a lot of fear, there's a lot of tension during a match.

"It's very difficult to go through a match like that, the extra time, penalty shoot-out, and everybody knows this is an unfair way to decide a match, but that's the way it is.''