The headline is of course the Paraguay superclásico which took place in Ciudad del Este yesterday, Olimpia edging Cerro Porteño in the 395th meeting between these sides thanks to a Sebastián Ariosa’s first goal for the club. Unfortunately, as expected, there were incidents of violence over the weekend including the tragic death of an 18-year-old Olimpia fan, Rodrigo Fleitas Bernal, shot dead by Fidencio Cardozo after the game. Reports are still unclear as to the motive of the shooting.
On a positive note this weekend saw the miraculous return of Salvador Cabañas for 12 de Octubre in the third tier of Paraguayan football. I’ve written more on that here. The rest of the weekend’s news below.
Cerro Porteño vs Olimpia
Estadio Antonio Oddone
(0-1) 0-1 – Sebastián Ariosa 32′
Olimpia bounced back from the midweek misery of Copa Libertadores elimination with a win in the superclásico that widens the gap to seven points at the top of the table. As ever it was a tight encounter, the only goal coming from a fantastic Sebastián Ariosa strike. It was the Uruguayan left-back’s first goal for the club in 52 appearances, a wonderful way to break his duck and break Olimpia’s run of three clásicos without a victory. Ariosa picked the ball up on the left hand side ghosted through a couple of challenges before cutting in and smashing the ball past Diego Barreto.
Cerro for their part tried to force their way back into it in the second half with Roberto Nanni brought on as they loaded the box with crosses. However, they were thwarted by an inspired Victor Hugo Centurión, the reserve keeper was playing because Martin Silva hadn’t recovered from the injury suffered against Emelec. But Olimpia held on to extend their lead and make it a happy trip home from Ciudad del Este to Asunción.
Cerro Porteño are desperate to win something in their centenary year and with the Apertura seemingly slipping away from them, President JJ Zapag took drastic action sacking Mario Grana after the game. At the time of writing former World Cup Winners Sergio Batista and Américo Gallego have been linked with the job, if one of the two take the job it would be Cerro’s eighth Argentinian manager in eight years!
Cerro Porteño XI: Diego Barreto; Mathías Corujo, Pedro Benítez, Luis Cardozo, Walter López; Alexis González, Fidencio Oviedo; Jorge Rojas, Julio dos Santos Édgar Benítez; Santiago Salcedo
Subs: Jonathan Fabbro for Alexis Gonzalez, Roberto Nanni for Fidencio Oviedo, Guillermo Beltrán for Santiago Salcedo
Olimpia: Víctor Hugo Centurión; Francisco Nájera, Adrián Romero, Salustiano Candia, Sebastián Ariosa; Eduardo Aranda, Sergio Orteman, Fabio Caballero, Vladimir Marín; Pablo Zeballos, Luis Caballero
Subs: Renzo Reveredo for Francisco Nájera, Carlos Humberto Paredes for Pablo Zeballos, Gabriel Montiel for Eduardo Aranda
Rubio Ñu vs Libertad
Estadio La Arboleda
(0-1) 1-5 – Cesar Llamas 90′; Pablo Velazquez 16′, José Ariel Nuñez 55′, Nestor Camacho 68′ & 73′, Miguel Samudio 81′
A scintillating second half display from Libertad has left them just three points behind Cerro Porteño and giving Gumarelo supporters that they might finally have turned the corner in the league. Former Rubio Ñu player Pablo Velazquez was first on the scoresheet following up from Jonathan Santana’s header.
In the second half the albiverde were blown away by three goals in 13 minutes after Rubio Ñu were reduced to ten men. Before the goalrush José Ariel Nuñez had doubled the lead on 55 minutes with a fierce long shot that was too hot for Osvaldo Cabral in goal. Nestor Camacho got the third from the penalty spot sending Cabral the wrong way and got his second of the game after a good run and one-two with Velazquez. The fifth goal came from Miguel Samudio’s left foot, the full back was one of three black shirts queueing up after that man Camacho put in a delightful pass with the outside of his boot and chipped the ball into the net. Cesar Llamas got a late consolation for Rubio Ñu from 12 yards out but it was another disappointing day for Juan Arce’s side.
It was notable that Libertad’s best performers today, Jonathan Santana and Nestor Camacho, have found their way into the side ahead of Sergio Aquino and Luciano Civelli recently. It seems Jorge Burruchaga is starting to fit the right pieces into the puzzle having struggled at first to know what his best eleven is and just how to drop players like Civelli (and Rodolfo Gamarra) who were excellent last year.
Rubio Ñu XI: Osvaldo Cabral; Wilfrido Bazán, Óscar Velázquez, Gilberto Velázquez, Arturo Aquino; César Llamas, Roberto Acuña, Robert Piris da Motta, Eric Ramos; Josías Cardoso, Derlis González
Subs: Francisco Gómez for Roberto Piris da Motta, Claudio Correa for Josias Cardoso
Sent Off: Arturo Aquino
Libertad XI: Rodrigo Muñoz; Carlos Bonet, Cristian Nasuti, Ismael Benegas y Miguel Samudio; Víctor Ayala, Víctor Cáceres, Jonathan Santana y Néstor Camacho; José Ariel Núñez y Pablo Velázquez
Subs: Nery Bareiro for Ismael Benegas, Luciano Civelli for Pablo Velazquez, Cristian Menendez for Nestor Camacho
OFF THE BALL
Manager madness: After Grana was shownd the door, Nacional’s Javier Torrente resigned today following Sunday’s defeat to Luque (who parted ways with their coach last week). It means the number of managers to lose their job in the last week is up to five the other two clubs to change coaches being Sportivo Carapeguá and Tacuary.
Team of the Week: Sorry wasn’t really around, put your votes in below!
Player of the Week: Nestor Camacho has always been an exciting player but a frustrating one too when he doesn’t live up to his huge potential (just ask Newell’s fans in Argentina!). But today the 24-year-old was excellent against his former side and with two goals and one assist is a shoe-in for the coveted prize:
Donkey of the Week: He’s been here before…but Walter López showed us his dark side again the Cerro player spat at Eduardo Aranda in the superclásico. The player has since apologised but there is no justification for that kind of behaviour.
Goal of the Week: Very hard to take it away from Sebastián Ariosa but Juan Pablo Raponi is a player I’ve enjoyed watching a lot at Luque and the technique to keep this fizzing half volley down is superb. If you disagree let me know in the comments below!
Results: Cerro PF 2-1 Guaraní, Independiente 1-2 Tacuary, Cerro Porteño 0-1 Olimpia, Sportivo Luqueño 2-1 Nacional, Sportivo Carapeguá 0-2 Sol de América, Rubio Ñu 1-5 Libertad
Intermedia Results: Paranaense FC 1 – 1 River Plate, Gral. Caballero ZC 3 – 0 Sportivo Iteño, Sport Colombia 0 – 0 Sp. San Lorenzo, Resistencia 0 – 1 Sp. 2 de Mayo, Fernando de la Mora 1 – 0 Atl. Colegiales, 29 de Setiembre 1 – 2 Gral. Díaz, Dvo. Capiatá 4 – 1 Trinidense, Dvo. Santaní 2 – 1 3 de Febrero
By Ralph Hannah