Cerro Porteño vs Tigre
Estadio La Olla
(1-0) 1-0 – Roberto Nanni 1′
As predicted in the preview, Cerro won to nil against their Argentine opponents and take a slender lead into the second leg to be played next week. Roberto Nanni was the scorer, heading in a Jonathan Fabbro cross just sixty seconds into the game played in a front of a passionate crowd in Barrio Obrero. The result preserves the incredible record of Cerro winning all seven Copa Sudamericana games in which Nanni has scored (3 in 2009, 4 in 2012).
Tigre were on the backfoot for most of the match but didn’t threaten from set pieces at times. The home side were comfortable in possession thanks to strong performances from captain Julio Dos Santos and Fidencio Oviedo in the middle of the park. Fabbro as ever threatened from both central and wide positions as he drifted into space to pick up the ball in the final third.
Thankfully there were reports of crowd trouble following the shocking scenes from last week’s match against Colón in the same stadium. The result means Cerro Porteño travel to neighbouring Argentina next week knowing that one goal there will mean Tigre must score three to progress, Gorosito’s team look far from capable of that.
Cerro Porteño XI: Diego Barreto; Mariano Uglessich; César Benítez, Pedro Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Walter López, Julio Dos Santos (c), Fidencio Oviedo; Jonathan Fabbro; Roberto Nanni, Santiago Salcedo
Subs: Juan Manuel Lucero for Walter López, Domingo Salcedo for Santiago Salcedo, Victor Hugo Mareco for Fidencio Oviedo
By Ralph Hannah