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World Cup schedule Tuesday: Paraguay vs Japan, Spain vs Portugal

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(Read caption) World Cup schedule Tuesday: A fan in face paint smiles ahead of a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match between Japan and Paraguay at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, Tuesday.

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The World Cup schedule Tuesday starts with Paraguay vs Japan, followed by a much-anticipated face-off between some of the world's most talented and exciting players.

Tuesday (June 29):

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No. 31-ranked Paraguay will try to continue South America's dominance in the 2010 World Cup. The team consistently makes it through the first round of the World Cup, and it's spurred on this year by the near-death of teammate Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in the head earlier this year. Many in the squad have spoken about the importance of performing well for their stricken teammate.

But No. 45-ranked Japan has shown new verve and maturity in recent games and will attempt to remain the last Asian team still standing. Striker Keisuke Honda has been particularly impressive.

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