Paraguay's defensemen impressed in cutting of Spain's midfield routes, but in the end, David Villa provided the final touch on a frantic attack, leading Spain to its first semifinal.
Peter Keating takes a look at World Cup shootouts and reveals the best and worst teams at penalty kicks, and surprising new research that could change the way goaltenders defend them.
Paraguay advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Japan in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw Tuesday.
The much-maligned penalty shootout is the best way to enliven a boring match, Chris Jones writes.
The Blue Samurai lost a tough match on penalty kicks, but they gave their nation plenty of reasons to cheer at the World Cup, writes Luke Cyphers.
Fast facts on the Japan-Paraguay game.