There were no goals in the clásico and little chances either end as once again Diego Centurión of Guaraní grabbed the headlines scoring two more goals to take his tally to four for the season and put his team at the summit. Here is a round-up of the main games.
Olimpia vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio Manuel Ferreira a.k.a Para Uno
A strange clásico amidst the backdrop of black and white as the away team Cerro Porteño had only been offered 30 tickets which were refused by the azulgrana board. There were no goals to speak of and little incident in a game that probably came too early in the season and too soon after the recent clash, these two ended up cancelling each other out. Cerro will be more pleased with a point, they were after all the visiting side and played the last 15 minutes with ten men as Fidencio Oviedo was sent off for a second bookable offence.
El Ciclón were definitely the best team in the first half, under siege from the boisterous home fans but putting Olimpia under the cosh on the pitch, Jonathan Fabbro was excellent and unlocked the black and white defence several times with some excellent passes. The strategy was to get the ball behind the defence to Rodrigo López or Jorge Rojas as much as possible, it worked but the players were unable to capitalise. In the second half El Decano improved, they stopped giving the ball away as cheaply and began to gain territory although they were mostly limited to long shots or set pieces. Any chance of Cerro Porteño nicking a goal ended with Oviedo’s sending off and they sat back as the Benitez’s (Pedro and Cesár) along with Luis Cardozo repelled everything that came their way.
Tacuary vs Libertad
Estadio Roberto Bettega
(0-0) 1-1 – Ramón Cardozo (pen) 88′, José Ariel Nuñez 75′
A frustrating Friday night for the Libertad fans who saw their team work so hard to break the deadlock before handing the draw to their opponents. More to the point it was 17-year-old substitute Maurito Caballero who was at fault, needlessly sticking his arm up in the box which gave away the penalty. Ramon ‘Tacuarita’ Cardozo announced his return to Paraguayan football with a coolly taken spot kick.
Before that Libertad had deservedly taken the lead through José Ariel Nuñez, set up by Pablo Velázquez for the second week running. In fact it was Caballero who started the move heading back a poor clearance into the ‘mixer’ and Velázquez cushioned a header into the path of Nuñez, the striker chested the ball down and volleyed home in style. The draw keeps Tacuary floating above the relegation zone and on four points with a host of sides including Libertad.
Other results: Guaraní go top of the league as the only team with a 100% record, it was that man Diego Centurión on fire with two goals in the 3-1 victory. On Sunday Sol and Rubio Ñu played out a 1-1 draw while Nacional and Luque couldn’t find the net in the Arsenio Erico. As predicted in the preview the winners of Carapeguá vs Cerro de Franco was decided by their respective goalscorers Jorge Ayala and Rogerio Leichtweis. The latter scored twice in the 2-1 away win with his adversary getting the consolation for Carapeguá who are yet to win in their new stadium.
Bad Odours: The Cerro Porteño players were forced to sit outside the changing rooms before the game and during halftime due to an unusual smell. Olimpia said it was the fresh paint used just before the game, personally sounds like …
Fossati rumbled: Jorge Fossati was spotted communicating with his assistant from the stands by the TV broadcaster just after kick off, although he wasn’t rumbled by the referee until well into the second half. Fossati’s assistant was sent to join him in the stands.
Team of the Week: Carlos Servín (Tacuary); Gustavo Gimenez (Tacuary), Pedro Benítez (Cerro Porteño), Enrique Meza (Olimpia), Marcos Miers (Nacional); Sergio Escalante (Sol de América), Carlos Paredes (Olimpia), Jonathan Fabbro (Cerro Porteño), Iván Gonzalez Ferreira (Guaraní); Diego Centurión (Guaraní), Rogerio Leichtweis (Cerro de Franco)
Player of the Week: Diego Centurión was unlucky to miss out last week but the former Roma trainee who nearly saw his career ended by injury (before Tacuary last year he was a street vendor while playing part time for Atlético Caaguazú) is now showing his true talent. A strong header and cute left foot curler doubled his goal tally and he is currently the topscorer in the league with four in two games.
Goal of the Week: Not many to choose from but it is Diego Centurion’s second of the game (you can find it in the link below) – a lovely team move started by Palau who found Ocampo, the Argentine exchanged passes with Mendoza before feeding the ball to Centurion who curled in a first time effort with his left foot.
Stat of the Week: 3 - is the magic number for Guaraní, the side had gone 19 games since they last notched up a treble in a game
By Ralph Hannah