It has been a profitable week in Europe with seven goals being scored across the continent including a double for Oscar Cardozo who is likely to play against Argentina on Friday. As ever we have the info from South America where Robin Ramirez has been back in the goals.
Oscar Cardozo netted twice in Benfica’s comfortable win over Nacional, the first a trademark header and the second a driven finish to round off the victory. He has enjoyed playing against the team from Madeira, racking up five goals in their last four meetings. Lorenzo Melgarejo also played in the game.
There was also a goal for defender Javier Cohene (Paços de Ferreira) who opened the scoring in a 2-0 win against Braga.
Finally, dropping down to the second division and Claudio ‘El Ogro’ Correa was on the scoresheet for the Benfica B team, you can see his goal here.
Ivan Piris (Roma) was involved in an excellent 3-1 away win against Inter Milan, the full back played the full game. Marcelo Estigarribia (Sampdoria) also celebrated a victory at home to Siena, he played all 90 minutes.
Roque Santa Cruz wasn’t cleared to play for his new club Málaga, while Nelson Haedo Valdez (Valencia) came on for the last few minutes in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Nou Camp.
Aldo Adorno (APOEL) hit an incredible hattrick on Monday afternoon, you can see it here.
Robin Ramirez was back in the goals for Tolima with the winner against Cartagena at the weekend, Antony Silva also played in that match.
Marcos Lazaga (Patriotas) was on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller against Junior Barranquilla.
Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo) played all 90 minutes against Internacional, they lost 4-1.
Víctor Ayala (Lanús) and Justo Villar (Estudiantes) were beaten 1-0 away from home, Víctor Aquino (Belgrano) was a sub in a 2-1 defeat while Federico Santander (Tigre) also came off the bench in a draw with San Lorenzo.
Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana) continues to enjoy life in the North, his team won 2-0 and are second in the league behind Edgar Benitez’s Toluca who drew 1-1. Dario Verón (Pumas) celebrated a rare win (first in 4 games) and fellow defender Paulo da Silva (Pachuca) was denied the same result by a last-minute equaliser. Herminio Miranda (Puebla) was also involved in a 1-1 draw while Osvaldo Martinez (Atlante) was on the winning team for the second consecutive game.
Plenty of players in action but the headline makers from each country are Miguel Angel Cuellar (Cobresal) who scored a penalty and Fabio Ramos (Real Atletico Garcilaso) who grabbed a goal in a 3-2 defeat
By Ralph Hannah
Author’s Note: Thanks to Vasilis for the APOEL highlights