There were a bunch of goals in South America this weekend including a Paraguay Abroad promotion in Chile; more on all that below as we kick off with the goals in Europe most notably Oscar Cardozo and Nelson Haedo in Portugal and Spain.
Nelson Haedo (Valencia) came on in the dying embers of the game against Atletico Madrid but still found time to score, making a good diagonal run to pick up Feghouli’s through ball and finish.
Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga) was also a substitute, coming on at halftime but his team lost at home 2-1 to Rayo Vallecano.
Oscar Cardozo found the net twice for Benfica in a 3-0 win, their fourth consecutive league victory. He scored once with a header and the other was a penalty.
Defenders Lorenzo Melagerjo (Benfica) and Javier Cohene (Paços de Ferreira) didn’t play at the weekend.
Ivan Piris overcame Edgar Barreto in the all-Paraguayan contest in Serie A on Sunday, the right back’s Roma side won out 4-1 in the capital as the Sicilians struggle continues. Palermo are now five games without a win.
Marcelo Estigarribia (Sampdoria) knows how his compatriot Barreto is feeling, a home defeat to Atalanta marked their fourth straight loss in the Calcio.
Aldo Adorno (APOEL) scored his second hattrick of the season as Ayia Napa were thrashed 4-1.
REST OF EUROPE
It was a bad day at the office for Luis Caballero and Pablo Zeballos as Krylya Sovetov were thumped 5-0 by Spartak Moscow. Happier times for Cristian Riveros (Kayserispor) who celebrated a much-needed 3-0 win. Dario Lezcano was involved for the full game as Luzern battled back to get a draw in the basement clash with Servette. Jorge Salinas got a short run out for Legia Warsaw as they won 2-1 away in Gdansk.
Former Olimpia striker Cristian Bogado scored twice for Deportes Iquique but it wasn’t enough to save them from defeat, they went down 4-2 at home to Unión Española. It was the same story for the Misionense defender David Portillo (Antofagasta) who netted an equaliser only for his team to lose 2-1 to Colo Colo, the latter now top of the table.
However, Adam Brandon reports of happier news from Arica where Jose Pedrozo was crowned Primera B title with San Marcos de Arica. Adam says “the defender played a major part in the second half of the year and helped Arica finally win promotion after 27 years!” Let’s hope Pedrozo remains calm, the last time he was in the Primera (with Rangers) he managed to pick up a 27-game suspension for assaulting a referee!
Marcos Lazaga (Patriotas) is doing well this year, he nodded home in the first minute against Boyacá Chico for his 14th goal of 2012.
Deportes Tolima with Antony Silva in goal and Robin Ramirez coming off the bench managed to win 2-1 to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive.
Left back Aureliano Torres (Peñarol) scored what proved to be the winner racing onto a cross to score the second in a 2-1 win over Defensor Sporting. That victory extends the Carbonero’s winning streak to five games and keeps them top of the table.
REST OF LATIN AMERICA
The final game for the Peruvian title is already decided with Real Atletico Garcilaso and Sporitng Cristal with unassailable leads in their respective groups. Garcilaso count on the services of Fabio ‘Pitu’ Ramos who has formed a good partnership with Andy Pando this season. Former Luque player Daniel Ferreira is also on their books but hasn’t been in the side since July.
In Mexico Osvaldo Martinez was sent off for Atlante in the final minutes of their encounter with León, they lost 3-2. The win sees León close in on leaders Tijuana who have drawn four games on the bounce, their star defender has been Pablo Aguilar.
Claudio Morel (Independiente) was injured early on as his side lost to Victor Ayala’s Lanús, the latter are climbing up the table but it is Newell’s Old Boys who lead, managed by ex-Paraguay manager Tata Martino and with full back Marcos Cáceres in their ranks.