The two Paraguayan powerhouses have negotiated passage to the second round, Olimpia as ever suffered on the way while Cerro Porteño coasted to an excellent win. Guaraní have a tough game in Bolivia tonight, needing to overturn a one-goal deficit which was something Tacuary couldn’t do in Chile on Tuesday night and as predicted they crash out in the first round.
Cerro Porteño vs O’Higgins
Estadio Gral. Pablo Rojas a.k.a La Olla
(2-0) 4-0 – Fabbro, Oviedo, S. Salcedo, A.Da Silva
The rout began after 14 minutes with Jonathan Fabbro showing his strength that sets him apart from a classic playmaker to shrug off the attentions of a defender a fire home from outside the box. Straight from kick off they doubled the lead, Fidencio Oviedo pickpocketed the O’Higgins midfield before playing a one-two with Rodrigo López and shooting low across the goalkeeper.
In the second half Cerro made sure of victory with a third goal from substitute Santiago Salcedo who slotted home following a slick move. The fourth goal came on the stroke of full time, another replacement Alejandro Da Silva, profited from another unselfish pass by Julio Dos Santos to put the cherry on top.
Olimpia vs Danubio
Estadio Manuel Ferreira a.k.a Para Uno
(2-1) 2-1 – Aranda, De León (0.g.); Carboni
Fortune smiled on El Decano as their progression was down to a deflected own goal. Things started badly when the Uruguayans took the lead despite having only arrived that day via bus due to complications with their connecting flight and departure from Montevideo.
But Eduardo Aranda turned the hero equalising with a wonderful goal after 42 minutes, and the victory was completed just before halftime when Salegueiro’s deflected cross struck Gabriel de León’s back and flew into the net.
Cobreloa vs Tacuary
Estadio Municipal de Calama
(1-0) 2-2 – Canío, Pol; Cardozo, Suarez (o.g.)
An end-to-end game saw Tacuary go two goals down before bouncing back and almost snatching a third. It was the second time in three games that the Paraguayans scored twice in a match having previously gone 15 contests without managing more than a single goal.
The comeback was started by Ramón Cardozo who now has two goals in as many games, he was too strong for the defender on reception of Acosta Rojas’ pass and then was too clever as he beat his man, cut inside, and fired low under the goalkeeper. It was completed by a comic own goal, Cristian Suarez seemed to be trying to duck out of the way of the corner only for the ball to strike him and creep into his own net.
By Ralph Hannah