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An engrossing encounter in Europe...

A late penalty from Roque Santa Cruz gave Paraguay a 1-0 win over North Korea on Saturday in a 2010 World Cup warm-up in Switzerland.

The Manchester City striker converted from the spot with only four minutes remaining in Nyon.

It was a close contest and while the South Americans, who take on Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand in Group F in South Africa, hit the woodwork twice, North Korea gave as good as they got and had chances of their own.

Choe Kum Chol should have put the East Asians, missing star striker Jong Tae Se and midfielder An Yong Hak, ahead ten minutes before the break only to put a great opportunity over the bar.

The deadlock was finally broken after 86 minutes. The referee decided that Nam Song Chol was guilty of handling the ball and Santa Cruz made no mistake.

North Korea face Greece on May 25 in the next step of preparations for their World Cup games with Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal.