Palermo ran out to a convincing 5-1 victory over a depleted Lazio, taking a 3-0 lead within the first half before completing the rout to move up to eighth in the Serie A standings.
Colombia scored an important 2-1 win in Bolivia, Chile bounced back to form against Peru, while Uruguay collected a hard-won point in Paraguay on the second day of 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying in South America.
Roque Santa Cruz hit a brace as Paraguay overwhelmed Hong Kong 7-0, with Nestor Ortigoza and Cristian Riveros also scoring twice apiece.
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino expects to have all 23 members of his squad fit and available for their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa opener against Italy.
FIFA.com sat down for an exclusive chat with Paraguayan midfielder Edgar Barreto, who is eager to do his part for the cause in South Africa.
A jubilant Paraguay side confirmed their growing stature by clinching a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup finals appearance on Wednesday.