The headline from this weekend is of course Sol de América’s fantastic 4-1 win over Cerro Porteño, something of a shock considering the strong line up put out by Jorge Fossati but it proves yet again the ability Ricardo Dabrowski has as a coach, he has outwitted his more illustrious opponent in their previous three matches.
The first three goals all came down the Cerro right-hand-side with Alfredo Mazacotte profiting from a good move for his first goal and a defensive error for his second. Victor Hugo Mareco’s own goal was turned in after another cross from the Sol de América left, not a great day for Carlos Bonet. By the time Diego Vázquez turned in his now customary goal against Cerro (he now has 4 in the previous 3) the game was well beyond doubt and for the third match running it was Sol who would be celebrating.
The highlight for El Ciclón was their consolation goal from young Angel Romero, the striker who joined his twin brother on the field of play for the second half scored a cracking volley to round off 11 minutes of madness when four of the game’s five goals were recorded.
Later on Saturday evening I was at Dos Bocas for Guaraní’s match against the reigning champions Libertad, the home side got off to a lighting quick start – so fast was Luis De La Cruz’s goal that I must admit I was still walking up the road to the stadium as I heard the cheer! The midfielder slapped home the rebound after Palau’s shot had been well saved.
Despite the early lead the aurinegro offered very little for the rest of the half, Libertad looked extremely comfortable in possession and Pablo Guiñazú proved he hasn’t lost an ounce of skill, the midfielder sat deep received passes with a perfect first touch and always got Libertad going forward. At one point I caught him rollicking striker Pablo Velazquez, he wanted the striker to come deep to receive the ball and bring in the wide players – that kind of move would lead to the equaliser. A ball was received from Guiñazú, played out wide to Jorge Moreira and the full back stood up a cross to the back post where Velázqez met it with a guided downward header.
The second half saw Guaraní improve, especially when Diego Alonso brought on Dario Ocampo who had the ability of unsettling the Guma backline and ensuring Moreira couldn’t charge forward too often. Any chances of a winner for the home side was dispelled after 75 minutes however with the second yellow for Edgar Aranda meaning it was a case of clinging on in the final quarter of an hour. In fact the best chance of the second half went to José Ariel Nuñez who beat the keeper but was denied by the post.
Sunday’s game was a goalless draw full of action between Sportivo Luqueño and Olimpia, in the endgoalkeeper Martin Silva was given man of the match which was a fair reflection of the chances Luque created. The Uruguayan made at least three stunning saves to deny the auriazul with Francisco Garcia having a top game, he is a promising player for the future.
RESULTS: Sol 4-1 Cerro; Nacional 4-3 Carapeguá; Guaraní 1-1 Libertad; Rubio Ñu 1-0 Cerro de Franco; Gral. Díaz 2-1 Capiatá; Luque 0-0 Olimpia
Player of the week: Alfredo Mazacotte’s two goals against Cerro Porteño earns him the award – must say I was very impressed with Pablo Guiñazú, he lives up to the old adage ‘class is permanent etc.’