In the only match so far in this year's World Cup to go to a penalty shootout, Paraguay prevailed over Japan. They became the fourth South American team to advance to the quarterfinals. The last quarterfinal spot was secured by Spain as they won the battle of the Iberian peninsula over Portugal.
Paraguay 0(5)-0(3) Japan
All five Paraguayans hit their penalty shot, beginning with Edgar Barreto.
"To be fair we tried to play football for the whole 120 minutes, but we couldn't find the net. What's left at the end of the game, however, is a huge sense of joy for making the next round. It's really pleasing to be able to make history with this squad."
"What we are achieving is for [Salvador Cabanas]. We called him from our room last week, and we'll continue to do so. He's always with us in spirit. We have good news in that he's in his second recuperation stage and he's doing well."
"We come from a poor country and we feel a very strong need to do it proud."
“Thank god we got through, Paraguay have never gone so far. We are all very happy, me because I scored the penalty and got it in, thank God. It was a very difficult match because Japan too have very good players."
Yuichi Komano hit the crossbar on Japan's third penalty try.
Spain 1-0 Portugal
"It was one of my best goals because it got us through to the next round. I am very happy for the win, although we suffered a lot. We deserved to win, though, so I believe the result is fair. Individually, they have two excellent central defenders, but luckily we were able to take one of our chances....
My aim is to keep scoring like this, especially in the big matches, so we can advance through the tournament. I thank the fans for their support. We have kept on improving as a side after the loss to Switzerland in the opening match."
"Every rival up to now has played back to shut us down and a game like Switzerland can get away from you, but our results over the past years have shown that we know how to be successful. We suffered a lot against these teams that decided to play us at the back, but you have to have patience and adapt your style. But there was never any fear - 99 percent of the time our style of play means victory."