A mixed night for Paraguayan sides in the Copa Libertadores last night as a Cerro Porteño side lacking confidence lost to a Peruvian team at home for the first time in their history. Meanwhile in the province of Buenos Aires, Libertad were very impressive in their curtain-raiser overcoming Tigre with no problem.
Cerro Porteño vs Real Garcilaso
La Olla, Asunción
(0-0) 0-1 – Ramua
The home team dominated for long periods and created good chances, but they failed to score for only the second time in 22 games and on 88 minutes were hit on the counter by the Cuzqueños. A Cerro corner came to nothing and Fidencio Oviedo was sucked across the pitch only to miss his tackle, for the first time in the game Garcilaso had the numerical advantage in the final third and they made it count. Argentinian substitute Alfredo Ramua was on hand to make history for the 4-year-old club.
Dark skies ahead for Cerro with Jorge Fossati resigning after the game.
Tigre vs Libertad
(0-0) 0-2 – Aquino (pen), Gonzalez
A great night for Libertad who recorded their fourth Copa Libertadores win in Argentina with a confident display. Going into the break at nil-nil it was certainly the visiting side that had created more chances and were unsettling their opponents.
In the 2nd half they got the breakthrough after a header was cleared off the line by Alejandro Donatti’s hand, no choice but a penalty and red card. Aquino scored his seventh goal in the tournament to equal the club record alongside Rodolfo Gamarra who is currently out injured. A player who returned from the treatment room following a horrific injury that lasted almost 2 years was Jorge ‘Torito’ Gonzalez and he unleashed a swerving freekick towards the end to seal the victory. Incidentally the last time Libertad won 2-0 (in 2011) Torito was also on the scoresheet.
By Ralph Hannah