Very brief round up just so you can see the goals from last week!
Guaraní vs Cerro Porteño
Defensores del Chaco
(0-1) 2-1 – Centurión, De La Cruz; Nanni
In-form Roberto Nanni had put El Ciclón ahead after just eight minutes following a swift counter attack and they were looking good for much of the first half as the game stayed very open. The statistics favoured a Cerro win, after all they had only lost once having scored the first goal in all of their 39 games played in 2012. The anomaly being that one game was also to Guaraní when Centurión struck twice in quick succession.
Once again Centurión found the equaliser, substitute Luis De La Cruz chested down a Dante López cross into the path of Centurion who finished with a smart half-volley on the turn. It was De La Cruz who would get the winning goal deep into stoppage time as the aurinegro refused to give up, more good work from López who found Jorge Mendoza with a through ball, while his shot was well saved there was De La Cruz to tap in the rebound.
Nacional vs Libertad
(0-2) 1-2 – Melgarejo; Eguren, Nuñez
Two quickfire goals in the opening 12 minutes was enough to secure victory for Libertad who have emerged as the sole challengers to Nacional. Sebastian Eguren opened the scoring with a goal from a set piece and then José Ariel Nuñez scored a good goal latching onto the through ball.
Marcos Melgarejo pulled one back against his former club in the sixty-fifth minute but as much as the home side pressed in the second half they couldn’t salvage a point from a gripping match.
Olimpia vs Rubio Ñu
(3-1) 3-2 – Biancucchi, Salgueiro, F.Bareiro; Chamorro (2)
In the end the scoreline probably flatters Rubio Ñu who defended awfully at times and were blown away in the first half, the first time Olimpia had scored three in the opening 45 minutes since 2011 against now-relegated 3 de Febrero. Maxi Biancucchi scored after five minutes which represented the fifth goal for the Messi family over the weekend following his brother’s strike for Independiente and their cousin’s hattrick for Barcelona.
Rubio Ñu equalised in what was a big surprise, Diego Chamorro rounding up a scrappy move but that just served to spark Olimpia into life. Edgar Aranda won a penalty by beating the goalkeeper Quiñonez to the ball and leaving in a trailing leg, the Uruguayan Salgueiro finished comfortably. The third goal came five minutes before the break, Fredy Bareiro continues his hot scoring run with his fourth goal in as many games. It was a great strike, the ball seeemd to be behind him but he managed to swivel and rocket the ball in off the bar with his left foot.
The best strike of the game was still to come however, Diego Chamorro (a free agent next year) curled home a free kick in stoppage time to give the albiverde a second goal.
OTHER RESULTS: Sol suffered a surprise defeat to Carapeguá at home, the visitors winning 3-1 thanks to a brace from Arnulfo Colmán. That result put Luque in trouble especially as they lost at home to Cerro de Franco, 8 mins from time with the scores locked at 1-1, Di Vanni missed a penalty for the home team and they paid the price as Rogerio netted a last gasp winner. Tacuary finally won a game, 3-2 against Independiente, a result which puts the latter in real relegation trouble – it also led to the departure of Mario Grana as boss, he’s been replaced by Pedro Nelson Fleitas.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: I was really impressed by Luis Cabral this weekend, the central defender used to suffer a lot with poorly timed challenges (he has picked up plenty of red cards in his time) but against Cerro his anticipation and positioning was exceptional. He is playing well at the moment.
ALL THE GOALS – the best of the lot in my opinion was Diego Godoy’s fantastic strike from a tight angle for Luque.