Ecuador's Liga de Quito edged past Venezuela's Yaracuyanos 2-1 on aggregate as the 2009 Copa Sudamericana winners advanced into the second round, while Uruguay's Nacional did likewise at the expense of San Jose.
Paraguay beat Costa Rica 2-0 at home in their first friendly international since the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, while Bolivia and Colombia played out a draw.
A piece of history is within the reach of Paraguay and Japan in Pretoria where both are bidding to reach the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals for the first time.
Roque Santa Cruz believes team spirit lies behind Paraguay's run to the top of Group F and within sight of the last 16 after a 2-0 win over Slovakia.
Brazil had reason to celebrate on Day 10 as they booked their place in the last 16 and so too did New Zealand after earning a famous draw with holders Italy.
Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros were the scoring heroes for Paraguay against Slovakia but they paid credit to the front men who fashioned their chances.