Olimpia vs Deportivo Lara
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
(1-0) 2-2 – Fredy Bareiro (2); Marlon Fernandez, José Torrealba
A game of ‘golazos’ with two impressive strikes apiece saw Olimpia suprisingly draw having led by two goals with just 20 minutes remaining. Fredy ‘Zorro’ Bareiro was on target either side of halftime, first linking up well with Juan Carlos Ferreyra to volley in before sending the crowd into raptures by hammering a left foot strike into the top corner.
But the Venezuelans would have the last laugh, Marlon Fernandez was to profit from the strength and guile of substitute Aquiles Ocanto who had got the better of Baéz before pulling back for the midfielder. It was another replacement, José Torrealba, who netted with minutes to go – while Olimpia will be annoyed to have been undone by a simple straight ball over the top the couldn’t have licensed for the sumptious volley as Torrealba connected perfectly.
Ever Almeida will be bitterly disappointed his team didn’t take three points having thoroughly dominated for long periods of the game, they had well over 20 shots during the ninety minutes. They will need a win next week in Barquisimeto otherwise getting out of the group could get very complicated.
By Ralph Hannah