Botero leads Bolivia to 4-2 win over Paraguay

Bolivia ended its winless run in World Cup qualifying by upsetting undefeated South American leader Paraguay 4-2 on Wednesday.

Paraguay, which blanked Brazil 2-0 at Asuncion on Sunday, suffered its first loss in six matches, which meant only Colombia remained unbeaten in the 10-team race. Colombia was playing Ecuador on Wednesday.

Joaquin Botero scored the first and last goals for Bolivia, helping his team move off the bottom of the standings, and leap above Peru to the delight of 18,000 fans, including Bolivia President Evo Morales, at Hernando Siles Stadium.

Botero scored in the 22nd minute off a cross from Luis Gatty Ribeiro and again in the 70th from a rebound.

In between, Ronaldo Garcia added a slashing cross shot in the 25th and Marcelo Martins Moreno, Bolivia’s highest paid player, scored the fourth goal in the 80th.

Paraguay came out flat in the thin air of La Paz, 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level. Its attack recovered in the second half but it was too late as substitutes Roque Santa Cruz headed in a corner kick in the 65th and Nelson Haedo Valdez slipped past the defense in the 82nd.


Bolivia: Carlos Arias, Luis Gatty Ribeiro, Ronald Raldes, Luis Gutierrez, Adbon Reyes (Ronald Rivero, 67), Leonel Reyes, Ronald Garcia (Ronald Gutierrez, 46), Joselito Vaca, Didi Torrico, Joaquin Botero (Mauricio Saucedo, 73), Marcelo Martins Moreno.

Paraguay: Aldo Bobadilla, Carlos Bonet, Julio Cesar Caceres, Paulo Da Silva, Claudio Morel Rodriguez, Edgar Barreto, Enrique Vera (Pablo Zeballos, 46), Victor Caceres, Cristian Riveros, Salvador Cabanas (Nelson Haedo Valdez, 62), Oscar Cardozo (Roque Santa Cruz, 62).