With most of the European leagues now finished we focus this week solely on the South American leagues where Paraguayans are playing crucial roles in the run-in of the leagues across the continent.
The star of the weekend was Nestor Bareiro who scored a double for already-relegated Olimpo to earn them their first win in 11 games. A small consolation. Also down near the descenso is another Nestor (Ortigoza) with San Lorenzo who lost and are staring at a promotion playoff with four games left. Tata Martino and Newell’s Old Boys lost while Boca won which has returned the latter to the top of the table.
Jorge Achucarro (Banfield) – Not in match squad
Orlando Gaona Lugo (Boca Juniors) – Not in match squad
Eduardo Ledesma (Lanús) – play later tonight (Monday)
Victor Aquino (Newell’s) – Subbed on after 73 mins in 3-1 defeat
Nestor Bareiro (Olimpo) – SCORED twice in 2-1 win
Marcos Cáceres (Racing) – played full 90 mins in 0-2 loss
Federico Santander (Racing) – played full 90 mins in 0-2 loss
Nestor Ortigoza (San Lorenzo) – played full 90 mins in 1-0 defeat
It was the final round of games in the Chilean league and six of the eight teams who qualified for the playoffs can count on Paraguayan representation in the final stages. Those six sides and the relevant players are listed below.
Hugo Lusardi (Cobreloa) – Not in match squad at weekend
Pedro Vera (Cobreloa) – subbed off at halftime in 2-1 defeat
Derlis Barrios (Cobreloa) – Not in match squad at weekend
Osmar Molinas (Colo Colo) – Not in match squad at weekend
Cristian Bogado (Dep. Iquique) – SCORED last goal in 4-1 win
Cristian Limenza (Dep. Iquique) – played full 90 mins in 4-1 win
Rodrigo Rojas (O’Higgins) – Not in match squad at weekend
Roberto ‘Bufalo’ Ovelar (Uni. Catolica) – Not in match squad at weekend
Arnaldo Gimenez (Unión La Calera) – Unused Sub
Robin Ramirez continues to dominate the Colombian league netting a last minute equaliser at the weekend and is currently joint second topscorer in the Apertura. The regular season came to a close with his Tolima side comfortably top and now, like Chile, they enter into a playoff stage. The five Paraguayans (four teams) to qualify are below.
Digno Gonzalez (Atletico Huila) – Subbed off after 64 mins in 1-1 draw
Robin Ramirez (Dep. Tolima) – SCORED stoppage time equaliser in 1-1 draw
Antony Silva (Dep. Tolima) – currently with Paraguay National Team in La Paz
Edison Gimenez (La Equidad) – Not in match squad at weekend
German Centurion (Santa Fe) – played full 90 mins in 1-0 win
Still six games to go in the first stage of the Ecuadorian championships with an Independiente side packed full of Paraguayans leading the table on goal difference. Here are the top performers from the weekend.
Miguel Paniagua (Dtvo. Cuenca) – played full 90 mins in 0-0 stalemate
Fernando Gimenez (Emelec) – played full 90 mins in 3-2 win with his side 2-0 down
Librado Azcona (Independiente) – subbed off at halftime in 3-0 win
Edgar Balbuena (Independiente) – played full 90 mins in 3-0 win
Richard Estigarribia (Independiente) – played full 90 mins in 3-0 win
Enrique Vera (Liga de Quito) – Not in match squad at weekend
Arnaldo Vera (LDU Loja) – played full 90 mins in 1-0 victory
Mingo Martinez (Macará) – played full 90 mins in 4-1 defeat
Nestor Ayala (Técnico Universitario) – Not in match squad
The Peruvian league started in confusing fashion with the withdrawal of Universidad San Martín and a general strike that delayed the commencement of the competition. However San Martín are now back and with one game of the first phase left are in with a chance of qualifying as one of the best eight teams for the second phase. Newly promoted Real Atlético Garcilaso are doing the best out of the six sides fielding Paraguayans, they are in third place just three points off top.
Edgar Gonzalez (Alianza Lima) – played full 90 mins in 2-1 win
Mario Villasanti (Inti Gas) – played full 90 mins in 2-1 victory
Oscar Díaz (Inti Gas) – Not in match squad at weekend
Ramon ‘Tacuarita’ Cardozo (León de Huánuco) – played full 90 mins in 2-1 win
Fabio Ramos (Real Atlético Garcilaso) – subbed off after 87 mins in 2-1 defeat
Daniel Ferreira (Real Atlético Garcilaso) – Not in match squad at weekend
Blas Lopez (Sport Huancayo) -Not in match squad at weekend
Hector Sosa (Unión Comercio) – played full 90 mins in 2-o victory
Edison Torres’ Liverpool won a nine-goal thirller to keep their mathematical hopes of winning Uruguay’s Clausura alive, with two games remaining they are four points behind Defensor Sporting.
Edison Torres (Liverpool) – subbed off at halftime in 5-4 win
By Ralph Hannah