Paraguay rounded off the third of their friendlies with Uruguay in style yesterday in Dos Bocas winning 3-0 having previously beaten the Charruas 1-0 and drawn 1-1. Mauro Caballero’s side look in good shape as he tries to forge a team in time for the U17s Sudamericano in Argentina next year that acts as qualifying for the 2013 U-17s World Cup in United Arab Emirates.
On a grey evening in Guaraní’s ground the two sides played out a physical and feisty contest with memories of Tuesday’s fight (see below) clearly still in the forefront of some player’s minds. Uruguay were well organised defensively but had few good passing moves until the second half. Paraguay were much more clinical than their opponents which allowed them to win convincingly. The first goal was scored by local boy Alex Cáceres, the Guaraní striker turned well on the edge of the box to send a stinging left-foot drive into the bottom corner.
In the second half yet another product of the Aborigen academy, Andrés Nuñez, was on target with a towering header from Carlos Patiño’s pinpoint cross to double the lead. It was a sucker punch for Uruguay who had enjoyed their best spell of the game but hadn’t capitalised due to a combination of poor finishing and last ditch defending. With 15 minutes to go the Albirroja wrapped up the win when Cerro Porteño’s central defender Andrés Duarte, now playing at right-back, went on a mazy dribble rode his luck and rifled home a low shot with his weaker foot.
With the game lost the visitor’s began to lose their heads and a stream of thundering challenges almost caused tensions to boil over again especially with striker Francis D’Albenás guilty of some pushing and shoving.
Paraguay XI: Miguel Méreles; Ariel Martínez, Andrés Duarte, Diego Marín, Wilson Ibarrola; Marcelo González, René Obregón, Ángel Benítez, Carlos Patiño; Alex Cáceres, Andrés Núñez
Goals: Alex Cáceres, Andrés Núñez, Andrés Duarte
Subs: Leonardo Caballero for Miguel Méreles, Omar Alderete for Ariel Martínez, Josué Santa Cruz for Ángel Benítez, Ariel González for Alex Cáceres, Aldo Torres for Carlos Patiño, Pedro Marecos for Marcelo González
In the preliminary game the following Paraguay XI won 1-0 against Uruguay with the only goal from Guaraní’s Aldo Torres, a well-taken goal to capitalise on a defensive mix up.
Paraguay XI: Maximiliano Ruiz Díaz; Renzo Tandi, Hugo Aguayo, Omar Alderete, Claudio Fleitas; Arnaldo Báez, Claudio Garay, Josué Santa Cruz, Pedro Marecos; Ariel González, Aldo Torres.
Goal: Aldo Torres
Sub: Ariel Martínez for Renzo Tandi
On Tuesday Paraguay and Uruguay were level at 1-1 after 78 minutes when the game was called off following a full scale brawl that involved the players and adults too. That game took place in Luque’s stadium, the Feliciano Cáceres.
Paraguay XI: Miguel Mereles; Renzo Tandi, Andrés Duarte, Diego Marín, WilsonIbarrola; Claudio Garay, Angel Benítez (), Ariel González, Marcelo González; Aldo Torres, Alex Cáceres
Goal: Claudio Garay (pen)
Subs: René Obregón for Angel Benítez, CarlosPatiño for Ariel González, Andrés Nuñez for Aldo Torres, Ariel Martínez for Alex Cáceres
By Ralph Hannah