A second straight win for the Paraguay U20s side last night against Venezuela has secured the Copa Ciudad de Arequipa title with one game left to play. They recorded a 3-1 victory against the vinotinto thanks to a strong second half display. The first half finished even as Paraguay’s opener (an own goal following Diego Escobar’s freekick) was cancelled out by a strike from Josef Martinez. In the final 45 minutes Paraguay turned on the style with Maurito Caballero scoring from a spot kick before substitute Cecilio Dominguez grabbed his second in as many games to complete the victory.
They finish the competition, a warm up to the 2013 Sudamericano in Argentina this coming January, against Colombia on Saturday before returning to Paraguay to rejoin their clubs.
Paraguay XI: Alejandro Bogado, Carlos González (HT Juan Villamayor & 84′ Marcelo Ferreira), Gustavo Gómez, Junior Alonso, Teodoro Paredes, Diego Escobar, Rubén Monges, Iván Ramírez, Miguel Almirón (61’ Marcelo Montiel), Maurito Caballero (76 Ángel Lucena), Juan Sánchez (61’ Cecilio Domínguez)
By Ralph Hannah