Villalba fires rampant Paraguay
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Paraguay moved into a dead heat with Portugal for second place in Group B of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008 with an 8-0 win over Thailand on Monday in Rio.

Rene Villalba was the hero for the South Americans. After opening the scoring in the 5th minute, he added two more goals in the 12th minute (one from the spot) to seal a first-half hat trick.

The Italy-based striker and veteran of the last FIFA futsal finals made it 4-0 just four minutes into the second half, making it plainly obvious that the Thai defence simply had no way of handling the attacking threat he posed. Villalba then turned provider for Paraguay's fifth goal, setting the table for Jara who slammed home in the 27th minute.

Rene's older brother, Walter, sparked another moment of joy for the Villalba family with a goal in the 31st minute before Roman added a pair in the dying moments to seal the 8-0 rout.

Paraguay are now on six points, tied with Portugal for second place in Group B behind Italy.