World Cup pre-game: Paraguay vs. Japan

Paraguay and Japan lock horns at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in a Round of 16 match Tuesday from Pretoria, South Africa (CBC,, 9:30 a.m. ET).

Day 20, Match 1

Paraguay vs. Japan, Round of 16

Date and location

Tuesday, June 29, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.

Rogers pre-game show

Watch the Rogers pre-game show 30 minutes before kickoff as our panel of soccer experts provides up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

To watch the show, CLICK HERE

What's at stake

A spot in the quarter-finals in a match against the winner of Spain-Portugal.

Player to watch for Paraguay

Roque Santa Cruz — The veteran forward has under-achieved at this tournament, failing to make any kind of significant impact. This could be his last World Cup appearance, so look for a breakout performance from the Manchester City star.

Player to watch for Japan

Keisuke Honda — The Japanese winger has been one of the most exciting players to watch at this tournament, and he's coming off a great game against Denmark. Paraguay's defence needs to neutralize him.

Key matchup

Justo Villar vs. Keisuke Honda and Yusuhito Endo — The Japanese pair scored brilliant free-kick goals in a 3-1 win over Demark. Villar, Paraguay's goalkeeper, has to be alert on set-piece situations and effectively organize his defensive wall.

The Paraguayan perspective

"Our job is to make sure the defence doesn't have a lot of space to play in, and to try and stop the opposition from getting their game together and controlling possession." — forward Roque Santa Cruz

The Japanese perspective

"Of course, I think we have to play with extra pride as we are now the only Asian representatives. My desire to beat Paraguay is even more resolute." — coach Takeshi Okada

World Cup head-to-head

These teams have never met at the World Cup.