It was an astonishing run, made all the better because Sunderland AFC had not only colours – red and white stripes – but players, Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros, so deeply involved.
Tonight, everyone expected Paraguay’s World Cup 2010 adventure to end.
Salut! Sunderland, having declared its hand weeks before the tournament started, hoped for a different outcome. So did red-blooded males of anything hut Spanish origin ever since a star of these pages – Larissa Riquelme – promised to strip if Paraguay won.
Well, after lots of excitement, including all those penalties, Spain duly won. But they had to fight for it, might have lost it and won’t look back on an easy passage to the semis.
Bravo Paraguay. To da Silva and Riveros and friends made along the way: vamos Sunderland. And to Larissa: just don’t listen to those who say “strip anyway”.