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The Paraguayan striker affirmed he does not care if the Copa America final goes to penalty kicks, as long as victory goes his side's way

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz says he would not mind to beat Uruguay in the Copa America final in the penalty shootout.

The Paraguay national team head into the final without having won a single match in the competition in regular or extra time.

As they lock horns with Uruguay, an attacking-minded side, it is believed Paraguay could continue with their defensive approach in a bid to take the match to the penalty shootout.

Roque Santa Cruz is not interested in his team's method to win the match, saying: "It would not hurt me if we draw against Uruguay and Paraguay win it on penalities. Winning the Copa America is the goal, the rest does not matter."

The Manchester City attacker was unfazed when asked about the opinion of the critics of Paraguay's campaign so far.

"They are right, but in this Copa America this peculiarity has happened and that is football," he added. "If we draw again in the final and beat Uruguay on penalties we will be very happy."

The experienced player, who will miss the match through injury, praised Uruguay and gave out the recipe for his team to win the decisive clash on Sunday.

"We know Uruguay, we have played against them on several occasions, we followed them in their very good campaign at the World Cup and we have seen them in this Copa America. They have good players and have been playing good football," Santa Cruz noted.

"I believe it will be crucial that Uruguay do not have much ball possession and do not find spaces, otherwise they will make it very hard for us."

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