Steve M’s New Zealand are through to the next round and coasting. Paraguay, managed by Talia, are very close to qualification, needing just a point to see them through. Is this a good time to play NZ? Or will Paraguay find their squad – according to the manager a very thin squad indeed – succumbing to the pressure?

This match closes at midnight on Monday 19th April

PARAGUAY: Coco – “Paragua” The Manager Says: “The accompanying video is Paraguay’s secret weapon, warming up to it every match before we head out onto the pitch. With Coco wearing our kit, it was the perfect choice to launch our next challenge.”

NEW ZEALAND: Ladi6 – “Dark Brown” The Manager Says: “I run a tight ship at our squad camp but since the sensational win over Italy the party hasn’t stopped for the NZ fans and I’ve allowed the team to relax a little too, have a few beers and toast swift passage to the second round with the Dutch, Ghanaian and Spanish coaches – how thrilled we are to be joining them so soon. But truth be told the celebrations and aftermath have been heavy and the prospect of the Netherlands in the 2nd round is a sobering thought. We aim to continue our winning streak but feel the need to roll with something a bit more laid back now so I think this is the right moment to stick with the phat-back four while Ladi6 gets a run-out up front on her own – more stylish soul and soulful style to break down the oppo. Now if you don’t mind I could really use a hair of the dog…”

Group F Match 6: Which track did you prefer? [ballot]

  • PARAGUAY: Coco 53%
  • NEW ZEALAND: Ladi6 47%

Total Voters: 57

Poll closes: 19 Apr 2010 @ 23:59

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Commentary Box Analysis Is Talia’s unfamiliar Paraguayan take on the familiar total genius, or are those tactics outdated? Does Steve M’s choice of a loping Kiwi r’n’b formation lack the legs to compete, or is it just the job, a breath of easy-going fresh air at this frenetic stage of the tournament? No one can quite agree.

Coming up Group G, already! Tomorrow’s games are Korea DPR vs Cote D’Ivoire, and Portugal vs Brazil. Both match-ups to conjure with…