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Paraguay thrashes Hong Kong 7-0 in friendly

 Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay, right, fights for the ball with Deng Jinghuang of Hong Kong during their soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 17, ...
 Edgar Barreto of Paraguay celebrates after scoring a goal against Hong Kong during their friendly soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010....
 Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay celebrates after scoring a goal against Hong Kong during their friendly soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 17, 20...
 Hernan Perez of Paraguay, left, fights for the ball with Poon Yiu Chauk of Hong Kong during their friendly soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. ...

Hong Kong Paraguay Soccer

Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay, right, fights for the ball with Deng Jinghuang of Hong Kong during their soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 17, ...

Hong Kong Paraguay Soccer

Edgar Barreto of Paraguay celebrates after scoring a goal against Hong Kong during their friendly soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010....

Hong Kong Paraguay Soccer

Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay celebrates after scoring a goal against Hong Kong during their friendly soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 17, 20...

Hong Kong Paraguay Soccer

Hernan Perez of Paraguay, left, fights for the ball with Poon Yiu Chauk of Hong Kong during their friendly soccer match in Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. ...

Roque Santa Cruz took advantage of some rare playing time to score two goals and set up two more in Paraguay's 7-0 thrashing of Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Santa Cruz has made only two appearances for his club Manchester City this season, but he made the Paraguay starting lineup and scored either side of Edgar Barreto's goal to help his side take a 3-0 lead at the break.
A double from Jose Ortigoza and goals by Marcos Riveros and Cristian Riveros in the second half helped the World Cup quarterfinalists ease to victory in front of a crowd of 6,200 in Hong Kong's 40,000-seater stadium.
Santa Cruz opened the scoring in the fifth minute, heading in a pinpoint cross from the left wing, and Paraguay never looked back.
Barreto struck in the 31st when a cross from Nestor Camacho was cleared by Hong Kong goalkeeper Zhang Chunfui straight into his path.
Another Zhang error in the 33rd minute allowed Santa Cruz to score his second from close range.
Santa Cruz turned provider in the 47th, finding Ortigoza in perfect position to score the Paraguayans' fourth goal.
The best goal of the match came eight minutes later when Herman Perez fed Santa Cruz after a wonderful run down the left flank. Santa Cruz then found Ortigoza unmarked to tap in.
Marcos Riveros scored in the 74th minute from a lovely cross by Aureliano Torres.
Cristian Riveros completed the scoring in the 90th minute when he headed in a Torres free kick.
Hong Kong threatened only once when Lee Hong Lim's 25 yard (meter) strike was parried by Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar in the 17th minute.


Updated : 2021-10-21 17:48 GMT+08:00