Just the shortest of postings to congratulate Paraguay on their brilliant feat in topping a group also containing the, er, mighty Italy.
It was almost as pleasing to see the Italians finish bottom and follow France out of the World Cup.
Materazzi and Buffon have already received due comeuppance on these pages for their nasty contributions in the 2006 World Cup final; France behaved as we all know they did. Early exclusion couldn’t happen to finer candidates, with apologies to French relatives and daughter’s Italian boyfriend.
I imagine the Paraguayan tapas bar in London was heaving again today, and rightly so.
Just make sure our Lads, Cristian Riveros and Paula da Silva, return in one piece, ready to steer Paraguay’s unofficial English twin club, Sunderland, to Premier glory next season.
And meanwhile we wait with impatience to hear what President Thierry Henry had to say to Nicolas Sharkey at the Elysee Palace today.