This match was all about exploiting connections.
Paraguay's back line is anchored by Tigres defender Juan Caceres, Toluca's Paolo Da Silva, and UNAM's Dario Veron who all play in the Mexican league and they had seen plenty of Omar Bravo, Boffo Bautista, Juan Cacho, and Andres Guardado.
But I don't think the Paraguayan defense had seen anyone like Nery Castillo. His great first touch sets up goals and reminds one of Bergkamp. He did it again. Two goals for Mexico and a hand in the Torrado goal. Some question his temperament but he seems to have matured. To be fair, Paraguay's defense was caught out of position on all the goals and the Mexican attack was made to look good.
Against Chile, Hugo Sanchez rested Castillo and the difference was plain. The attack looked flat with Boffo Bautista trying to be a bit too cute with his deflections with only Castro picking up the pace with his initiative.
Robinho has been magnificent in Brazil's sudden live wire performances but this surely will be known as Castillo's Copa. All the big clubs will be pursuing this man. (Torrado's goal and Castillo's exclamation point).