Spain became the first team to qualify for the second round after another 3-1 victory, this time over Paraguay. They got off to a bad start though when the South Americans took the lead after Puyol put the ball inadvertently into his own net while trying to clear after Casillas had pushed out Arce's shot.
Camacho had stuck to the same starting line up as the game with Slovenia, but after a frustrating first half he brought on Real Madrid men Iván Helguera and Morientes at the break. That made the difference, and within eight minutes Morientes levelled the scores, getting on the end of De Pedro's corner to send a strong header in to the back of Chilavert's net.
The Paraguayan keeper had upset the Spanish camp earlier in the week with his controversial comments, but Spain got their revenge when he misjudged De Pedro's cross with twenty minutes to go to allow Morientes to score his second of the match.
Chilvert did bring the best save of the night out of his opposite number Casillas with a well struck free kick, but with eight minutes to go the referee awarded a penalty to Spain when Raúl was held down by Paredes, and Hierro stepped up to put the result beyond doubt. (07.06.02)