Paraguay stadium approved for qualifiers

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ASUNCION - Paraguay can stage their remaining home World Cup qualifiers in the country after governing body FIFA approved an alternative stadium to the Defensores del Chaco which is closed for safety reasons. "It has been guaranteed Paraguay will play in Paraguay," Alejandro Dominguez, vice-president of the country's football association (APF), said in a radio interview. Dominguez added that matches would be played in Luque, just outside Asuncion. The Defensores del Chaco (pictured), Paraguay's largest stadium and the only one previously approved for competitive internationals, was closed at the start of the month after a concrete ramp collapsed during an amateur match, killing two policemen. "We have a plan B, and plan B is to play at Luque," said APF president Juan Angel Napout. Paraguay lead the 10-team South American World Cup qualifying group with 23 points from 10 games, six ahead of Brazil, having won all five home matches. Their next home game is against Chile in June.