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World Cup 2010: All That Matters Is Progressing - Spain Midfielder Xabi Alonso

In comments reported by Marca, Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, who missed a penalty on the second try, reflected on La Roja's triumph over Paraguay that sent them through to the semi-finals.

"Every rival is difficult and at these heights, all that matters is progressing" said the clairvoyant passer. "It was very difficult for us because of their pressure, but we already knew that Paraguay would play that way".

The midfielder also commented on the penalty kick he missed after the first one he took was called back.

"It was not easy to get over missing a penalty kick. The truth is that I have never repeated taking one and missed it. It cost us."

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