Two defeats for the bottom two sides in the promedio coupled with draws for those just above them means things are looking very tough for both Tacuary and Carapeguá as they fight to stay at the top table in 2013. Here is a quick round-up of the main games.
Libertad vs Olimpia
Defensores del Chaco
(0-1) 1-1 – Nestor Camacho; Arnaldo Castorino
The black ‘n’ white clásico ended in a draw and with both sides reduced to 10-men following a scrap between Enrique Meza and José Ariel Nuñez early in the second half. At the time Olimpia were a goal ahead through Arnaldo Castorino who now has four goals in his previous three matches. The nominal away side (the game was played at a neutral venue) caught their opponents on the break and Castorino fluffed his first contact with a low cross from Eduardo Aranda he was able to get to the loose ball and apply the finish.
The equaliser was an excellent strike by Nestor Camacho who played a one-two with Mencia before firing home from distance, it means Libertad preserve their 9-game unbeaten run.
Luque vs Guaraní
(0-1) 1-1 – Claudio David Vargas; Dánte López
For the second game running Luque were appreciative of their captain’s free-kick skills as they rescued a point against the league leaders and ended a run of three straight defeats at home. Guaraní took the lead after 36 minutes, Roberto Aldama bursting forward from defence and despite being tackled the ball diverted towards Dante López who showed an excellent reaction, poking the ball in front of his marker then finishing powerfully. He has three goals in the last five games.
Luque’s leveller came just after the half-time interval, Claudio David Vargas touched his free kick to Gerzon Chacon a yard or so in front of him to create the angle and then curled in past Aurrecochea in the Guarani goal. The game descended into some on-pitch violence with ten minutes remaining, López hit out at Maluela who himself had raised an arm to the striker as they contested a ball over the top. Both players had to go, it meant the away side were down to nine following Aldama’s second yellow earlier in the second half.
Cerro Porteño vs Carapeguá
(0-0) 1-0 – Luis Cardozo
A second half header from the defender Luis Cardozo handed Cerro Porteño a win despite fielding a totally different side to the one that defeated Tigre. Fossati has decided to rest all his side and give a chance to the ‘B’ team to show what they can do.
The game was by no means a classic, Carapeguá threatned early on with Fernandez making a good save from Irriberri but in essence both sides were unable to piece together much possession in an average game.
Other Results: Sol de América drew…again.. that is eight so far in the Clausura, once again they threw away a lead having gone ahead early on, Angel Enciso picked up a second yellow for smashing the ball at his rival after a hefty foul. Independiente got a late equaliser. Tacuary’s woes continued as they lost 2-0 to Nacional, the visitor’s put up stubborn resistance for an hour until Marcos Miers’ direct freekick broke the deadlock, Marcos Melgarejo added another late on. Cerro de Franco consigned Rubio Ñu to a familiar defeat, 1-0 in Alto Paraná thanks to Godoy’s long distance shot – they should be safe this season.
Goal of the week: Definitely Camacho’s strike (see above) for the rest of this week’s goals just click here.
Stat of the week: 70 – both Independiente and Tacuary conceded their 70th goal of 2012, the 140 goals conceded between them