A wonderful first week for most of the Paraguayan sides on their Copa Sudamericana adventures – three wins with only Libertad losing but a 1-0 defeat at 3,900 metres above sea level is nothing to panic about. Cerro Porteño put in a good shift to win 2-0 away to a toothless Rentistas in Montevideo while here in Luque the two debutants, General Díaz and Capiatá, were both victorious raising hopes of progressing to the next round.
RENTISTAS 0-2 CERRO PORTEÑO
Strong performance from the azulgrana as they kept their 4th consecutive cleansheet while the forwards played their part as ever. Oscar Romero was alive to José Ortigoza’s hooked pass for the opener and a fantastic stoppage time run and cut back by 36-year-old full back Carlos Bonet gave Julio Dos Santos the chance to convert his 84th goal for the club and seal the victory.
NACIONAL POTOSI 1-0 LIBERTAD
An early freekick that decieved Rodrigo Muñoz in the thin air of Potosí was enough to hand the Bolivians the victory. Pedro Sarabia’s team will be confident they can overturn the result in the comfort of Asunción next week although there is a slight concern that the Gumarelo have only mustered one goal in the last 360 minutes.
GENERAL DIAZ 2-1 COBRESAL
Arguably the toughest opponents of all four sides so it really was a splendid win for the Aguilas against the Chileans. Blas Cáceres had an excellent game setting up the first goal for Argentine Gustavo Toranzo with a great dead ball delivery before assisting the second for Roberto Gamarra to tap in. It was a great response from Humberto Garcia’s side having been pinned back on the half hour mark by the Chileans. All to play for in the Atacama next week.
CAPIATA 3-1 DANUBIO
Like their compatriots Rentistas the Uruguayans failed to impress and literally handed two penalties to Capiata although the second infringement seemed to have been just outside the penalty box. Veteran striker Fabio Escobar had no problem converting both spot kicks either side of half time. Blas Irala connected cleverly to a corner for the third and an almost perfect outing in Luque was blotted by Danubio’s late away goal.
By Ralph Hannah