Guatemala vs Paraguay
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
(2-1) 3-3 – Pappa (pen), León, Ruiz (pen); Cardozo, Fabbro, Perez
Unfortunatley this game wasn’t televised in Paraguay or Guatemala or anywhere in the world so I had to resort to listening to it on the radio. However there is no doubt that the key player for Paraguay was second half substitute Jonathan Fabbro, the Argentine native making his international debut in Gerardo Pelusso’s first game in charge. The number 17 scored a delightful freekick and used his strength and vision to set up the third.
Paraguay were denied a win by a late penalty from ‘Pescadito’ Ruiz (any jokes about diving little fishes are not for this blog) and it was the first time they had scored three and failed to win since the Copa America game with Venezuela last year. Pelusso definitely has plenty to think about before next month’s game away to Argentina in the World Cup Qualifiers, if they concede three to Guatemala just how will they stop a rampant Lionel Messi? Up front he needs to decide if Fabbro is the man for the job, if so the team should be built around him as he proved last night just how destructive he can be.
Paraguay XI: Justo Villar; Dario Verón, Paulo Da Silva, Antolin Alcaraz, Richard Ortiz; Hernan Perez, Víctor Cáceres, Cristian Riveros, Marcelo Estigarribia; Edgar Benítez, Oscar Cardozo
Subs: Jonathan Fabbro for Edgar Benítez, Julio Dos Santos for Cristian Riveros, Carlos Bonet for Dario Verón, Miguel Samudio for Richard Ortiz, Roque Santa Cruz for Oscar Cardozo, Osvaldo Martinez for Hernan Perez
By Ralph Hannah