Domestic football returned at the weekend with the Clausura kicking off in grand fashion with a Libertad on the right end of a five-goal thriller, Cerro on the wrong end of one and Olimpia’s new era under Marcelo Trovato got off to a flyer with a convincing victory in Ciudad del Este as the youngsters shone.
Nacional 0-3 Capiatá – Fabio Escobar (2), Oscar Ruiz
Nacional’s B-team took to the field as the heroes from the Copa Libertadores triumph rested and Capiatá took advantage. Fabio Escobar continues his good form from the Apertura with two more goals.
Sportivo Luqueño 0-0 Rubio Ñu
No fireworks in the Feliciano Cáceres, both teams will be disappointed not to have made a mark on the scoresheet.
Sol de América 2-3 Libertad – Edgar Villasboa, Alfredo Mazacotte; Diego Vázquez (o.g.), Gustavo Mencia, Rodrigo López
A fantastic game that ebbed and flowed, two quickfire goals seemed to have turned the game in Sol de América’s favour but defender Mencia and last season’s topscorer Rodrigo López scored late on to win the game for the champions.
12 de Octubre 1-1 Guaraní – Gustavo Santacruz; Fernando Fernandez
A late strike by Gustavo Santacruz seemed to have earned 3 valuable points for 12 de Octubre but Fernando Fernandez continued his rich vein of form with his 10th goal in 8 games to make it honours even.
3 de Febrero 1-3 Olimpia – Cristian Colman; Juan Manuel Salgueiro (pen), Christian Ovelar, Jeremias Bogado
An impressive display from El Decano but there will be harder games in the next few weeks, will be fascinating to see how their youngsters perform.
General Díaz 3-2 Cerro Porteño
The Aguilas pulled off a stunning victory with two goals from Pedro Chavez in the final 20 minutes to steal the points from Cerro’s grasp. Chiqui Arce’s team had come back from conceding an early goal to go 2-1 up and as ever they were purring in attack but defensive frailties continue to dog them.
By Ralph Hannah