A brief re-cap of the goings on in Paraguayan football this weekend.
Remember Arnaldo Samaniego the referee who sent off 7 players in one game last season? He was assaulted at a petrol station in Capiata just outside Asunción on Saturday by Cerro Porteño ‘fans’. The official was topping up gas when a group of 40 angry youths set upon him before police were called. Samaniego was treated in hospital but was not badly hurt, he notoriously gave Olimpia a very controversial spot kick which some Cerro fans believe cost them the league title.
The only competitive football this weekend was the Interligas Final, the representative sides of Coronel Oviedo (Ovetense) and Alto Parana (Paranaense) battled it out in searing heat on Sunday afternoon in Luque for a place in the Intermedia. At full time the score was 1-1 and the game would go straight to penalties, Paranaense’s chairman was sent off having vented his anger over the equaliser (looked like handball) to the referee. Police and the coaching staff also clashed in ugly scenes. Ultimately justice was done as Paranaense won the shootout 4-3 following a superb save (his second) by Paranaense’s goalkeeper Victor Samudio on the penultimate penalty.
And Finally: Jonathan Fabbro has a new song – he’s recorded it with the cumbia band Talento del Barrio, check it out!