Cerro Porteño are the only Paraguayan side left in the competition following an emphatic 4-0 win against Mineros last night. Meanwhile Olimpia and Guaraní were unable to overturn 1st leg deficits, both drawing away to end their participation in this year’s tournament.
Cerro Porteño vs Mineros de Guayana
(1-0) 4-0 – Pedro Benítez, Santiago Salcedo, Jonathan Fabbro, Roberto Nanni
Aggregate score: 6-2
As predicted in the preview, Mineros were no match for a rampant Cerro side who struggled to find a goal in the first 30 minutes but once Pedro Benitez’s header crossed the line there was no looking back. Just 23 seconds after kick off they had doubled their lead through Santiago Salcedo who was put through by Rodrigo López. Mineros had a hand in both goals, giving away posession easily in their own half as they were unable to keep up with the pace imposed by Cerro’s pressing.
There were more chances to extend the lead but the third didn’t arrive until the 78th minute, the impressive Julio Dos Santos was denied once again by a good save before Jonathan Fabbro turned in the rebound with a crisp half volley. Dos Santos capped an excellent individual display with an outrageous backheeled pass to assist Roberto Nanni with the final goal of the night.
The next opponents for Cerro are Colón de Santa Fe with the first leg in Argentina on 27 September (21.15 kick off), with the return match in Asunción I think the Paraguayan champions have an excellent chance of getting to the quarter finals.
Millonarios vs Guaraní
(0-0) 1-1 – Omar Vazquez; Carlos Hidalgo
Aggregate Score: 5-3
A brave display from the current league leaders saw them take the league and put in a good account of themselves in Bogotá. However, damage done from the first leg meant Guaraní were always unlikely to progress and they bow out with the slightly odd record of being unbeaten away but winless at home after two rounds.
The aborigen did take the lead through Carlos Hidalgo’s long range effort, the Colombian has a good record against Millonarios in El Campin having scored twice against them back in 2009 for Deportivo Pasto. The home side equalised with a strike from distance too, Omar Vazquez’s swerving shot deceived Aurrecochea and crashed in off the crossbar.
Emelec vs Olimpia
Estadio George Capwell
Aggregate score: 1-0
Another insipid display from Olimpia saw them knocked out of a continental competition by Emelec for the second time this year. At times Olimpia looked the better team but they couldn’t find the all important goal.
Emelec stayed true to their style, direct football using Luciano Figueroas strength and Marcos Mondaini’s pace to keep the visitor’s on their toes. The game became more stretched in the final 20 minutes, Emelec felt they needed a goal and that gave the Paraguayans more space to work in around central midfield but ultimately they couldn’t find the goal as they still suffer heavily from the departures of Messrs Caballero & Zeballos to Russia.
By Ralph Hannah