Midweek Wrap: Olimpia maintain unbeaten run as Pablo Zeballos reaches 30 goals

Very, very brief round-up on the first games in the second half of the season, these midweek fixtures put the pressure on this blogger! You can check for the Week 13 Preview tomorrow afternoon!

Main Game

Carapeguá vs Olimpia
Estadio Juan Canuto Pettengill
(1-1) 1-2 – Aldo Olmedo 38′; Pablo Zeballos 22′ & 55′

Pablo Zeballo’s double earned Olimpia the spoils in Itaguá and keeps them seven points clear of Cerro Porteño at the top of the table, the win is also their ninth consecutive victory in the Apertura 2012.

Zeballos celebrates one of his 30 Olimpia goals (archive) - Photo: D10.com.py

Zeballos opened the scoring on 22 minutes in style watching the ball all the way as it dropped from a notable height before slamming a volley into the top corner. Carapeguá have proved that under Mario Jacquet (back after a U-turn in the boardroom) they are no pushovers and 15 minutes later Aldo Olmedo equalised with a header after Jorge Ayala’s shot crashed onto the bar and the 22-year-old defender reacted before Adrian Romero to nod in.

Olimpia came out of the dressing room looking for the winner and began swarming forward with Maxi Biancucchi on for Luis Nery Caballero who limped off just minutes into the second period. As ever the team was urged on by Sergio Orteman who inadvertantly created the all-important second goal. Finding himself forward he swiped at goal with his weaker left foot only to miss the ball, but despite his air shot the Uruguayan had time for a second bite at the cherry and this time connected with the ball but scuffed his effort across goal. Fortunately for Olimpia, Zeballos was on hand gambling like all good poachers should and managed to reach the ball before the goalkeeper; with his first touch he deftly lifted the ball over Wilson Quiñonez and wheeled away in celebration. It was his 30th goal for El Decano and incredibly, according to Andres Riquelme, the first player at the club to reach that mark in eleven years.

The goals dried up but the drama didn’t, Hugo Fleitas sent off for a second yellow in the dying moments of the game and then Maxi Biancucchi controversially shown the red card for kicking the ball at his opponent’s head while he was down injured. The key debate there is one of intention vs instinct. I’ll leave it for you to decide.

Carapeguá XI: Wilson Quiñónez; Aldo Olmedo, Rubén Maldonado, Marcos Arce, Hugo Fleitas; Julio Irrazábal, Esteban Ramírez, Éver Barrientos, Ricardo Ortiz; Jorge Ayala, Eduardo Echeverría

Subs: Rodrigo Cantero for Esteban Ramirez, for Ever Barrientos

Sent Off: Hugo Fleitas (2nd Yellow)

Olimpia XI: Víctor Centurión; Renzo Revoredo, Adrián Romero, Salustiano Candia, Sebastián Ariosa; Eduardo Aranda, Sergio Orteman, Fabio Caballero, Vladimir Marín; Pablo Zeballos, Luis Nery Caballero

Subs: Carlos Humberto Paredes for Salustiano Candia, Maxi Biancucchi for Luis Nery Caballero, Hernan Perez for Fabio Caballero

Sent Off: Maxi Biancucchi (Ungentlemanly conduct)

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Cerro Porteño vs Luque
Estadio Pablo Rojas a.k.a La Olla
(0-0) 3-0 – Pedro Benitez 67′, Edgar Benitez 90+1, Mathias Corujo 90+3

Cerro keep their titles hopes alive with what ended up being a comfortable win against Luque although they were made to work by the auriazul for the first hour. It was Pedro ‘Ganso’ Benitez who broke the deadlock following Edgar Benitez’s freekick from the right that found him at the back post where the central defender rarely errs.

Carlos Kiese urged his Luque team to look for an equaliser and almost equalised through Guido Di Vanni’s cross/shot that was tipped over the bar. Ultimately though they paid the price for his gamble in stoppage time conceding two more goals. Edgar Benitez was put through on the break and although he had Jonathan Fabbro free on the left Benitez powered forward and managed to wiggle out of a challenge before finishing with a delightful chip over the Tobias Vargas in goal. Benitez was involved in the third goal too as he completed another excellent game. This time Mathias Corujo burst forward from right back and played a one-two with Pajaro before drilling his shot through the keeper’s legs to complete the scoring.

Cerro Porteño XI: Diego Barreto; Mathías Corujo, Pedro Benítez, Luis Cardozo, Walter López; Jorge Rojas, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Iván Torres; Édgar Benítez, Santiago Salcedo

Subs: Mariano Uglessich for Luis Cardozo, Roberto Nanni for Ivan Torres, Jonathan Fabbro for Santiago Salcedo

Luque XI: Tobías Vargas; Óscar Giménez, Pablo Aguilar, Ronald Huth, Sergio Vergara; Claudio Vargas, Édgar Robles, Jorge Brítez, Juan Pablo Raponi; César Cáceres Cañete; Guido Di Vanni

Subs: Rodrigo Soria for César Cáceres Cañete, Juan Abente for Edgar Robles, Roberto Gamarra for Juan Pablo Raponi

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OFF THE BALL

López in the dock: We mentioned Walter López’s spit at Aranda earlier this week and has been cited to appear at an APF Tribunal

Guaraní leave it late: Once again Guaraní needed a winner in the last 10 minutes, this time Marcelo Palau was the saviour (thanks to good work by Dario Ocampo) after Elvis Marecos had struck with just five minutes to go in their previous win.

Rubio Ñu/Tacuary suspended: Yesterday’s game was 0-0 at halftime when a crazy storm flooded Asunción for 20 minutes, the referee decided the match couldn’t continue so the final half will be played out today (Friday) at 3pm local time, free entry to thepublic.

La Arboleda was a wash out Photo: Julio C.Fernandez - Prensa Rubio Ñu

Results Week 12: Cerro PF 1-1 Sol, Independiente 0-1 Guaraní, Cerro Porteño 3-0 Luque, Carapeguá 1-2 Olimpia, Libertad P-P Nacional, Rubio Ñu 0-0 Tacuary (at HT)

By Ralph Hannah

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