There were contrasting emotions following South Africa’s 2-2 draw with Paraguay with Bafana Bafana coach Jono Sono delighted at his side’s comeback from a 2-0 deficit while his Paraguayan counterpart Cesare Maldini remained optmistic despite seeing his side throw away a two-goal lead.

“We knew they were old and would get tired,” Sono said of Paraguay’s back four, “so we pressured and pressured and pressured.

“If we had lost it would have been the end of our dream but to come from two goals we’re ona high.”

Cesare Maldini w refused to be drawn into controversy over the last minute penalty award that denied his side a win the opening match.

“I am definitely not disappointed at the result,” he said, “even though I was convinced wewere going to win.”

Maldini dismissed suggestions that things would have been different had the suspended Chilavert been in goal.

“Did we miss him today? Absolutely not,” he replied. He also refused to be drawn on how the group would turn out, saying: “Ithink we are going to see a lot of surprises at this World Cup.”