Guaraní played very well in Santa Cruz de la Sierra last night to beat Oriente Petrolero and qualify for the next round of the Copa Sudamericana on away goals, below we have the 2nd round fixtures of the three Paraguayan teams still involved.
Oriente Petrolero vs Guaraní
Estadio Ramón Aguilera Costas
(0-1) 1-2 – Carando; Orteman, López
Agg: 2-2 (Guarani progress on away goals)
Guaraní have now won three straight games scoring at least two goals in each as they seem to have found a cure to their goal drought that plagued them for over 500 minutes towards the back end of last season and the start of this one. The deadlock was broken by the man signed for these types of crunch games, Sergio Orteman. The Uruguayan with a great header from Jorge Mendoza’s inviting cross.
The winner too was a header at the back post from Dante López after Iván Gonzalez Ferreira’s cross caught the goalkeeper off his line and unable to claim the centre. Sandwiched inbetween the Guaraní goals was an equaliser from Danilo Carando but it wasn’t enough as the home side were outplayed.
Copa Sudamericana 2nd Round Draw
A victory for Mineros last night confirmed Cerro’s next opponents in the competition, we will have to wait until 14 August to see who faces Guaraní with the first leg finishing 0-0, in the case of Olimpia they won’t know until 21 August with Emelec taking a narrow 1-0 lead into the away game.
Mineros de Guayana (Venezuela) vs Cerro Porteño
Olimpia vs Emelec (Ecuador) or Uni. San Martin (Peru)
Guaraní vs Inti Gas (Peru) or Millonarios (Colombia)
Cerro Porteño vs Mineros de Guayana (Venezuela)
Emelec (Ecuador) or Uni. San Martin (Peru) vs Olimpia
Inti Gas (Peru) or Millonarios (Colombia) vs Guaraní
If Cerro Porteño were to win they will play an Argentine side in the last 16 (Boca Juniors or Independiente), Guaraní will be up against a Brazilian team (Palmeiras or Botafogo) while Olimpia will be pitted against defending champions Universidad de Chile.