Olimpia vs Universidad de Chile
Defensores del Chaco
(2-0) 3-0 – Salgueiro, Ortiz, Candia
After ten minutes Olimpia were 2-0 up with goals from Juan Manuel Salgueiro and Richard Ortiz coming in contrasting circumstances. Salgueiro’s super second minute strike was courtesy of a clever run from Castorino, dragging the Chilean defence towards the right-hand side and creating space for the Uruguayan playmaker to move into, although there was still little danger until his shot from his weaker left foot was hit with such force that it flew past Johnny Herrera. Olimpia doubled their lead from a corner, Salgueiro’s whipped in centre saw Juan Carlos Ferreyra challenge the goalkeeper with a raised arm that seemed to touch the ball and unbalance Herrera as the ball dropped out towards Ortiz who headed in. Universidad de Chile’s complaints to the Uruguayan referee were met with a shake of the head.
During the first half the away team created little, a header wide, one excellent smothered save by Martin Silva who also comfortably saved a freekick just before halftime. In general the Chileans sat too deep as they tempted El Decano to pile forward but Almeida has got this side well-drilled. They rarely attacked with more than four players, Ortiz and Aranda holding their ground and Salgueiro doing an excellent job without the ball. Going into the break they could have been three goals up following a howler from Herrera who passed straight to the opposition from his own area, Castorino however hit the bar and was already in an offside position when he received the pass.
Three minutes into the second half and they did have their third, incredibly it was from Salustiano Candia his first for the club in his 46th appearance, the defender had burst forward and latched onto Paulo Magalhaes poor touch before finishing in some style. Magalhaes night would get worse, he was sent off in the 70th minute for punching Richard Ortiz in the chest after the two tangled following a 50/50 challenge. The halftime introduction of Jorge Baez for Arnaldo Castorino had given Olimpia an extra man in the middle and they were really taking it to Uni. de Chile until the sending off and an injury to Enrique Meza gradually drew the sting out of the match.
An excellent result for the Paraguyans who have shown great mental fortitude to bounce back from the defeat against Newell’s, the next cup match will also be in this wonderful atmosphere at the Defensores, they face the Venezuelans Deportivo Lara.
By Ralph Hannah