A good week for Paraguayans with seven goals in Italy, Cyprus, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia. Here is the round-up of the profitable weekend.
Marcelo Estigarribia scored his first goal for new club Sampdoria in a 3-2 win away to Pescara, it was the second of the game.
Ivan Piris (Roma) started in a surprise 3-2 loss to Bologna while Edgar Barreto (Palermo) didn’t feature.
Both Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) and Nelson Haedo Valdez (Valencia) came on off the bench as their sides won at home.
Aldo Adorno scored twice for Apoel in their 3-1 win over Doxa Katokopia, the first a follow up from a vicious free kick and the second a haeder.
Both Luis Caballero and Pablo Zeballos were key figures for Krylya Sovetov who won their first game after three straight defeats. Zeballos set up the opener with a good dead ball delivery but it was Caballero who helped them turn the game around from 2-1 to 2-3 with two assists in the final 7 minutes. First chesting the ball down to Pyotr Nemov and then in stoppage time picking up the loose ball to send into the path of Roman Grigoryan.
Justo Villar (Estudiantes), Claudio Morel (Independiente) and Marcos Cáceres (Newell’s) all started while a host of players came on off the bench – Federico Santander (Tigre), Jorge Achucarro (Colón), Eduardo Ledesma (Godoy Cruz) and Samuel Cáceres (Independiente) – but there were no goals to speak of.
Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo) was a starter in the 1-1 draw at home to Grêmio.
Marcos Lazaga (Patriotas) netted his third goal in four games but it wasn’t enough to save his team from a third straight defeat.
Cristian Bogado scored the only goal of the game to secure a win for Iquique while Miguel Cuéllar (Cobresal) set his team on their way to a 2-1 win. Outside of the top division, Adam Brandon tells me that José Félix Pedroso is enjoying a run in the San Marcos de Arica side who are hoping to be promoted.
Pablo Escobar (The Strongest) scored the only goal in his team’s 2-1 defeat to Blooming and Carlos Neumann also got on the scoresheet for Real Potosí in a 1-1 draw with Nacional Potosí.
No goals from the guys up north this week although worth mentioning that Pablo Aguilar’s Tijuana team beat Osvlado Martinez’s Atlante and sit top of the league.
By Ralph Hannah