Guaraní and Cerro de Franco were the big winners this weekend, recording 5-0 and 5-2 victories respecitvely, the former are now top of the league on goal difference following that display in Capiatá.
It was the first ever Primera game to be hosted at Deportivo Capiatá’s stadium, aptly named ‘Estadio Deportivo Capiatá’, and on a typically hot afternoon the ground was packed to the rafters. In fact, kick off was almost delayed by Guaraní’s president who complained that hundreds of away supporters were outside the ground with tickets unable to get in, it seems the newly-promoted side were over-zealous in their ticket sales which had exceeded capacity.
The match was a fairly even contest until the 35th minute when Dante López danced round Tobias Vargas only to be felled by the Capiatá goalkeeper, a penalty and red card ensued. Sergio Orteman put the penalty away and the proverbial floodgates opened. The capiateño’s gameplan was out of the window and the aurinegro were very impressive in picking them apart, it is worth highlighting the performance of Luis de la Cruz, the 21-year-old midfielder was excellent, scoring one just before half time and being involved in three other goals.
The previous day, Cerro de Franco also managed five goals against a woeful Nacional side who seem to freeze everytime they travel east to Ciudad del Este. A Lorenzo Delvalle penalty after three minutes set the azulgrana on their way and by halftime it was game over, the home side 3-0 up. Sergio Samudio’s goal just after the break was probably the pick of the bunch as he turned his man with a clever touch and opened his body to curl the ball past Ignacio Don, that made it 4-0. The two goals from the Academia were sandwiched by a fifth for Cerro de Franco, who had won this same fixtures 5-0 in the 2012 Apertura.
There were two draws over the weekend, Luqueño playing out their second consecutive goalless draw against a Sol de América side who couldn’t repeat last week’s heroics against Cerro Porteño. Speaking of Cerro, they still can’t win – an alternative side were held by Carapeguá in a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in the opening 15 minutes.
On Friday night, Libertad overcame Rubio Ñu at home, Pablo Velázquez and William Mendieta put the home side 2-0 before the half hour mark. Brian Montenegro scored a consolation towards the end of the first forty-five in a goal-filled opening half.
All the goals here:
Libertad 2-1 Rubio Ñu
Cerro de Franco 5-2 Nacional
Luque 0-0 Sol de América
Capiatá 0-5 Guaraní
Carapeguá 1-1 Cerro Porteño
Gral. Díaz P-P Olimpia (to be played 27th Feb due to Olimpia’s Copa Libertadores commitments)
By Ralph Hannah