Cerro Porteño vs Olimpia
Estadio Defensores del Chaco
(2-0) 4-1 – S.Salcedo, Mareco, W.López, D.Salcedo; Castorino
Cerro have stretched their unbeaten run in the superclásico to three with an big win against their arch rivals, it means Olimpia have just one victory in the previous seven superclásicos. The game has little bearing on the lead but was an embarrassing result for Pepe Cardozo’s team who were well below par.
El Decano held out for the first fifteen minutes but the game was sparked into life by two headed goals in a six-minute spell as Cerro exposed their opponents poor marking. Fidencio Oviedo set up Santiago Salcedo for his second superclásico goal of the year. Victor Hugo Mareco got his first derby goal connecting with Jonathan Fabbro’s ball in.
Fabbro was in sparkling form once more and early on in the second half he provided the pinpoint pass to Walter López as the Uruguayan finished well to become the third Charruá to score in this fixture since 2011, joining Sergio Orteman and Sebastian Ariosa. The Olimpia consolation finally came after 83 minutes, the two substitutes Jorge Nuñez and Arnaldo Castorino combining well, Castorino met the low cross with a firm finish following a typically clever run into the box. It says a lot about Pepe Cardozo’s team selection that arguably his best two players came off the bench. Any flicker of hope for Olimpia fans was wiped out in less than a minute, a simple ball over the top found Domingo Salcedo who smashed home from a tight angle.
Ruben Dario Orué tells us that this was the first time that two brothers scored in a clásico since Virgilio and Francisco Ferreira did so for Cerro in 2001. It also marked the highest margin of victory since September 2005 when Olimpia won by the same scoreline. A good day to be in the azulgrana half of the country.
By Ralph Hannah