Japan fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Paraguay and Japan at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Getty Images)more pics » (Getty Images)
A nailbiter of a match came to an end today in penalty kicks, with Paraguay advancing out of the round of 16 after defeating Japan. Paraguay is now one of the three South American countries advancing to the quaterfinals.More on the 2010 World Cup
It's the first time that Paraguay has advanced past the round of 16. During penalty kicks, Paraguay converted all attempts. Japan's Yuichi Komano
struck the crossbar during Japan's third attempt, sealing Japan's fate.
Paraguay will now face either Spain or Portugal on Saturday in Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
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