On the weekend that Cerro Porteño celebrated their centenario the man of the moment was once again Diego Centurión of Guaraní, his late winner keeping the side six points clear of Luque. Olimpia’s woes continue, in José Cardozo’s first game in charge (in his third spell as coach) they drew 1-1 with Sol de América a result which allowed Libertad to catch up with them in the accumlative table in the race for the 2013 Copa Libertadores spot.
Sol de América vs Olimpia
Defensores del Chaco
(1-1) 1-1 – Duré; F.Bareiro
Sol finally ended their run of six straight defeats against Olimpia with a hard fought draw on Saturday evening. The danzarín took the lead before the half hour, Marcos Duré connected with Escalante’s cross and while the ball struck the back of teammate Enzo Prono on the way in the midfielder takes the credit. There was a brief appeal from the Olimpia players as to Prono’s positioning but replays showed he was onside.
Olimpia go the equaliser moments before halftime, right back Alejandro Silva is arguably better going forward than defending and it was his cross that caused confusión between Sol’s central defenders. They were sucked into the ball and Martinez’s flick on inadvertantly assisted Fredy Bareiro who had pulled off to the far post and was left unmarked and with an easy finish. Sol weren’t to be undone again that afternoon, Bruno Valdez had another good game at centreback and he was one of the key reasons why Olimpia failed to score a second.
Carapeguá vs Guaraní
Estadio Municipal de Carapeguá
(1-1) 1-2 – Iriberri; López, Centurión
Carapeguá sunk to the bottom of the promedio standings following this defeat but they went down fighting as they gave Guaraní an good game in the Paraguari sunshine. It was the visitors who took the lead after 17 minutes, Orteman slipped through an excellent pass towards Dante López inside the area. The Paraguayan striker still had a difficult angle but he rasped his shot across the goalkeeper to net his third of the season. Carapeguá kept their chins up however and found an equaliser vía Imanol Iriberri’s far post header following a good cross from the left-hand side.
The second half was an incredibly open affair, Carapeguá searched for a home win and Guaraní gave it their all too. It was Guaraní who controlled possession but Carapeguá who had some of the best chances. Two penalty shouts were turned down, which seemed to be the correct decision in both instances, while Ricardo ‘Tom’ Ortiz should have celebrated his third goal in three matches but for a point blank save by Pablo Aurrecochea – Ortiz’s header smashing onto the goalkeeper’s chest. Diego Centurión was not to be denied the other end of the pitch, the league topscorer notched up his eighth of the season following a corner which Carapeguá didn’t deal with and paid the ultimate price.
The yellow and black machine rolls on.
Cerro Porteño vs Nacional
Defensores del Chaco
(0-1) 1-1 – Fabbro; Melgarejo
Once again Nacional proved to be Cerro’s bogey team as El Ciclón failed to win for the 8th time in 9 meetings between the teams. Marcos Melgarejo scored the first goal after 29 minutes after Cáceres Cañetes excellent through ball located Rodrigo Teixeira in the area, his shot was saved by Barreto’s legs but the rebound cannoned towards Melgarejo who made no mistake. It could have been 2-0 but for a tremendous save from Barreto after Silvio Torales found himself free in the box and unleashed a left-footed half volley.
The equaliser came from Jonathan Fabbro, a free kick from at least 30 yards out that he got over the wall and down into the bottom corner before Oscar Agüero could reach it. Another demonstration of his tremendous talent. The final thirty minutes saw both sides have chances, Fabbro struck the post with a vicious shot while Nacional thought they’d scored only to see the flag up (correctly for offside). All in all a draw was a fair result.
OTHER RESULTS: Libertad won their third consecutive home game 3-0 as they overcame Cerro de Franco with ease, they are really looking good and could end up being the main challengers to Guaraní. Rubio Ñu got a welcome win at home to Tacuary, Diego Chamorro, Piru Contrera and Oscar Ruiz with the goals for the albiverde. Luque continue to challenge for the title, a late Guido di Vanni goal was enough to overcome Independiente in Para Uno.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hats off to Diego Barreto for another superb performance in goal, I’m sort of giving this to him not just for Sunday’s saves but for the stops he pulled off on Thursday too in the Copa Sudamericana victory. He has been in incredible form recently.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Diego Barreto (Cerro Porteño); Alejandro Silva (Olimpia), Raúl Piris (Nacional), Bruno Valdez (Sol de América), Walter López (Cerro Porteño); Sergio Escalante (Sol de América), Sergio Orteman (Guaraní), Ricardo Ortiz (Carapeguá), Diego Chamorro (Rubio Ñu); Dante López (Guaraní), Guido di Vanni (Luque)
GOAL OF THE WEEK: Fabbro’s freekick was superb
By Ralph Hannah