Made a wonderful save just before half time to deny Rondon after Moreno's header hit the crossbar. Did not have to work hard in the second half. In the shoot-out, stopped Lucena with a comfortable save to the bottom left.
Did well to join the attack but was all over the field defensively, leaving gaps of space open. Closed down well when needed.
The Pumas veteran did not play quality balls forward but did remain a solid presence down the left side. In the second half he made a few poor passes back but it was a quality showing overall. Converted the clinching penalty kick.
The defender sent in numerous dangerous crosses in the first 45, showing his ability to get the attack going from the flank. On his own, he had trouble moving with the ball and recovering at the back throughout.
P. da Silva
Was caught out of position by Venezuela's attackers a few times but improved with each minute. Connected well with Barreto out of the back.
Hardly noticeable. Did play a couple of balls down the flanks in the dying minutes but was not in top form on the night. Did put away the opening penalty kick, though.
Not great, not poor. Put in a decent performance in the middle of the field but should have done better feeding the attackers. His positioning and ability to switch the field opened up space for the red and white.
Was not spectacular, but did what he need to do for his time on the pitch. Played balls forward and wide, controlling the flow of the ball for Gerardo Martino's men before being taken off towards the end of the contest.
His red card in extra time was his most eventful participation in the match. Played physically to set the tone but hampered his nation's chances after the 90 minutes.
Took his first chances poorly, sending several attempts closer to the track surrounding the pitch than on goal. Was sacrificed for Santa Cruz with 15 minutes to go in regulation.
His best in the early going was at the back, heading away balls off set pieces. Was as non-threatening as in the quarter-final clash against Brazil for the rest of this game.
Had little to do. Earned his usual style points for risky antics in goal, including his one-handed pickups. In the shoot-out, he could not make one save as Paraguay dispatched all five of their spot-kicks.
Did nothing in the first half before being subbed off at the break. Looked a step slow and not fully focused.
Put the ball into the net with a solid header, but Rondon's presence in front of goal resulted in the offside call. The defender frustrated Paraguay throughout the game as his assured tackling proved vital.
Good first half for the defender at the back, marking well while clearing calmly. In the second, he looked more lively, getting forward to aid in attack.
The Twente defender was beaten time and again. Took down Valdez early in the second half with a silly foul outside the box, earning a yellow.
Looked a little out of focus in the first half, playing various poor passes before being injured in the 26th minute. The injury looked to have hampered him throughout as he did not recover well in the second, but nearly put Venezuela in front with a tremendous free-kick which cannoned off the back post from nearly 30 yards out.
G. Di Giorgi
Was alert defensively, shifting well while leading the midfielders. Other than that, did nothing of significant note. Not a star by any means on the night.
Showed his pace and technique to make the Paraguayan players look foolish at times. Did not play as well as he has but was always a threat with the ball at his feet. Was subbed for Maldonado.
Many may wonder if he even played. Rarely touched the ball, making no impact in the attack. Missed the only penalty kick to send his side crashing out.
Could not test Villar in the opening half until late, sending an awkward, spinning header off the crossbar. Was taken off in the second half.
Wasted a solid chance 10 minutes in, nearly missing the ball from the top of the box. Was also the reason Venezuela did not go up on two occasions, standing offside as Vizcarrondo headed the ball past Villar before failing to beat the Estudiantes man off of Moreno's header. Really should have done better.
- 12 D. Barreto
- 22 R. Fernández
- 17 A. Torres
- 4 E. Marecos
- 13 E. Vera
- 15 V. Cáceres
Came on for Barreto but could not create the passing that the Atlanta man providing after the surprising substitution.
Looked uncomfortable with the ball, especially with his back to the goal. After coming on for Santa Cruz, he could not provide the spark Paraguay needed.
- 23 H. Pérez
R. Santa Cruz
Played seven minutes after coming on as a sub, leaving with another injury.
- 7 P. Zeballos
- 12 L. Morales
- 22 D. Hernández
- 2 J. Granados
- 21 A. González
Came on for Perozo at halftime. Contributed quite a bit, tackling well. Much better performance than the man he replaced and coolly converted one of the spot-kicks.
- 13 L. Seijas
- 19 J. Meza
Added style and efficiency to the attack, making fantastic diagonal runs for Venezuela. Nearly knocked the ball into the net in the early part of extra time with an unintentional deflection.
Was not the definition of a 'super sub' at all but did move well into space as Venezuela looked to find the advantage in extra time.
- 17 D. Arismendi