The main headline maker was Luis Caballero who continues his good form for Krylya Sovetov, he scored twice at the weekend in a 2-2 draw taking his tally to five for the season. Meanwhile in Argentina the Colón striker Jorge Achucarro scored his first goal in almost five months!
Luis Caballero (Krylya Sovetov) is proving to be more of a goalscorer in Russia than he ever was in Paraguay, three goals in his last two games now thanks to this double, the second a tremendous header (see video below). Pablo Zeballos started up front alongisde his compatriot.
Lorenzo Melgarejo (Benfica) got the better of Javier Cohene (Paços de Ferreira) as the two met in northern Portugal. Oscar Cardozo didn’t feature he has a slight injury.
Marcelo Estigarribia’s Sampdoria side were the latest victims of Edison Cavani and Napoli, losing 1-0 but Edgar Barreto (Palermo) enjoyed a 4-1 win as he played the full 90 minutes. Ivan Piris (Roma) wasn’t involved in their thrashing by Juventus.
Both Nelson Haedo (Valencia) and Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga) enjoyed home victories coming off the bench, the latter set up Isco for the last goal in a 4-0 rout.
Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana) was sent off for two bookable offences although he can feel a bit hard done by as the second was a bit harsh. While his side still won so did Toluca with Edgar Benítez on for the final 15 minutes. Elsewhere Dario Verón (Pumas) won 2-1 while Osvaldo Martinez (Atlante) lost 3-1.
Jorge Achucarro (Colon) finally got a goal in an impressive 4-2 win away to Velez.
There was another scorer down south, Victor Ayala (Lanús) with an absolute bombazo against All Boys.
Meanwhile Marcos Cáceres was involved in another cleansheet, this time a goalless draw, as Newell’s remain top of the table.
Lucas Barrios (Guangzhou Evergrande) popped up with a Champions League goal on Tuesday morning, scoring a really well taken goal against Al Itthiad having hit the bar earlier.
Unfortunately for the chinese side their efforts weren’t enough as they went out 5-4 on aggregate.
By Ralph Hannah