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The Borussia Dortmund striker will start for the South Americans.

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has made the decision to bench Oscar Cardozo in favour of Lucas Barrios. Additionally, Antolin Alcaraz, Nestor Ortigoza and Carlos Bonet have returned to the starting XI.

Line-up: Villar, Morel, Da Silva, Alcaraz, Bonet, Ortigoza, Benitez, Vera, Riveros, Barrios, Santa Cruz

Japan gaffer Takeshi Okada has opted to field the same eleven players who beat Denmark 3-1 in the group stage to book their ticket for the first knock-out round.

Line-up:
Kawashima; Abe, Komano, Tanaka, Nakazawa, Nagatomo, Endo, Matsui, Hasebe, Honda, Okubo

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