International Friendly: Paraguay vs Guatemala – 14 November 2012

Paraguay vs Guatemala
Estadio Feliciano Cáceres
14/11/2012, 20.00 hs (23.00 hs GMT)

Four times in one year, it has been jokingly dubbed ‘El Clásico’, as Paraguay face Guatemala in yet another international friendly following the late cancellation of the game with Puerto Rico. They return to the scene of the first game in Luque which the albirroja  won 2-1 . In Guatemala City it was also a victory for the South Americans but there was some fight back in round three, a 3-3 draw in Washington DC the highlight being Jonathan Fabbro’s international debut.

The first game in Luque finished 2-1 to Paraguay

Gerardo Pelusso has named a fairly strong team although if the truth be told we are not sure what his best side is and neither is he, there have been 25 players used in the first five games – Cristian Riveros and Paulo Da Silva the only to start every match. Jonathan Fabbro (2 starts, 3 sub appearances) and Víctor Cáceres (4 starts, 1 sub appearance) have also featured in all five. The Uruguayan has all but confirmed his starting eleven for tomorrow as he looks to play with a 4-3-3 formation he often used at Olimpia.

The basic idea will be for Ortiz and Oviedo to play as holding midfielders giving Julio Dos Santos license to find space in the final third to either hit Luis Caballero with balls into feet or find Nuñez and Benítez over the top. The latter two will almost certainly have too much pace for the Guatemala backline so if Dos Santos finds his range they could have a lot of joy down the flanks.

From Russia with Love, Caballero has traveled 13,000 km to be here – Photo: Prensa Selección Paraguaya de Fútbol

From what we’ve seen of Guatemala they like to play possession football and they usually go through Marco Pappa who I believe isn’t available for this friendly. The other player that caused problems three months ago was ‘Pescadito’ Ruíz, a slippery player that will cause Da Silva and Aguilar some problems if he starts.

PREDICTION: Paraguay at home must win this, 2-0

BEST BET: Haven’t seen any odds but would be very confident of home win looking at stats below

Paraguay XI probable (4-3-3): Diego Barreto; Iván Piris, Pablo Aguilar, Paulo Da Silva, Miguel Samudio; Richard Ortiz, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos; José Ariel Nuñez, Luis Caballero, Edgar Benítez

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STATS

Paraguay record vs Guatemala: Pld 9 W 7 D 2 L 0 GF 20 GA 9

Paraguay in Luque: Pld 4 W 2 D 1 L 1 GF 4 GA 3

Most frequent scoreline at home, 1-0 to Paraguay (23 times)

Paraguay vs CONCACAF opposition at home: Pld 8 W 7 D 1 L 0

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Full Squad list

Goalkeepers: Diego Barreto (Cerro Porteño, Paraguay), Antony Silva (Deportes Tolima, Colombia)

Defenders: Paulo Da Silva (Pachuca, México), Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana, México), Iván Piris (Roma, Italy), Miguel Samudio (Libertad, Paraguay), Gustavo Mencia (Libertad, Paraguay), Salustiano Candia (Olimpia, Paraguay), Claudio Vargas (Sportivo Luqueño, Paraguay)

Midfielders: Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo, Brasil), Hernán Pérez (Villarreal, Spain), Víctor Ayala (Lanús, Argentina), Richard Ortiz (Olimpia, Paraguay), Marcelo Estigarribia (Sampdoria, Italy), Lorenzo Melgarejo (Benfica, Portugal), Fidencio Oviedo (Cerro Porteño, Paraguay), Julio Dos Santos (Cerro Porteño, Paraguay), Jonathan Fabbro (Cerro Porteño, Paraguay).

Strikers: Rogerio Leichtweis (Cerro de Franco), Edgar Benítez (Toluca, México), Luis Caballero (Krylya Sovetov, Russia), José Ariel Núñez (Libertad, Paraguay).

** Justo Villar (Estudiantes) and Lucas Barrios (Guangzhou Evergrande) are injured


By Ralph Hannah

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Paraguay Abroad: Luis Caballero scores and Cáceres puts Newell’s top

A rare goal from right-back Marcos Cáceres proved to be the winner as Newell’s went top of the table in Argentina under former Paraguay coach Tata Martino. Elsewhere both Oscar Cardozo and Claudio Correa scored for the two Benfica sides (senior and B) while Luis Caballero found the net for Krylya.

PORTUGAL

Oscar Cardozo and Lorenzo Melgarejo both started for Benfica with the former scoring a trademark penalty having missed a sitter earlier on in the game. Also Carlos Correa scored for the B team, an emphatic finish for his 2nd in 3 games.

RUSSIA

Pablo Zeballos started behind Luis Caballero (both Krylya Sovetov) in their 2-2 draw with Zenit St Petersburg, Caballero got his team’s second which at the time put them 2-0 up. Caballero now has three goals for the club from Samara.

EUROPE ROUND-UP

There was another goal for Aldo Adorno in Cyprus, netting APOEL’s third in a comfortable win while in Poland Jorge Salinas is said to have played well in Legia Warsaw’s 1-1 draw with Polonia Warsaw. Marcelo Estigarribia (Sampdoria) and Nelson Haedo (Valencia) both started their league games while Roque Santacruz (Malaga) came on off the bench.

ARGENTINA

A Marcos Cáceres goal handed Newell’s a 2-0 lead and proved to be the winner as they beat Colón 2-1 away to go top of the table and have stayed there following Boca’s defeat to Lanús with Victor Ayala starting for the winners.

The other starters this week were Federico Santander (Tigre), Eduardo Ledesma (Godoy Cruz) and Ricardo Mazacotte (Unión de Santa Fe) none of whom were involved in a win.

ECUADOR

Macará remain top of the league, albeit with two games in hand over their nearest rivals, with Domingo Martinez one of their key players. At the weekend however they lost to LDU Quito with Eduardo Echeverría started for the victors. Fernando Gimenez (Emelec) started for his side in their win as did Aldo Vera (LDU Loja).

MEXICO

Pablo Aguilar (Xolos) is now sharing his seat at the top of the table with Edgar Benítez (Toluca) following the latter’s win against Atlante where Osvaldo Martinez plays. Dario Verón (Pumas) and Herminio Miranda (Puebla) both played the full 90 minutes in draws while Paulo Da Silva (Pachuca) was subbed off in a defeat.

LATIN AMERICA ROUND-UP

It was almost a perfect afternoon for Roberto Ovelar (Uni. Católica) who scored two and set up another, however his side ended up losing a thrilling game 4-3 to Cobreloa. Cristian Bogado (Dep. Iquique) and Miguel Angel Cuellar (Cobresal) also got on the scoresheet. In Colombia there were no goals for Robin Ramirez (Dep. Tolima) who started alongside Antony Silva in a 0-0 draw with Huila.

By Ralph Hannah

Paraguay Abroad: Europe and South America awash with goals

A good week for Paraguayans with seven goals in Italy, Cyprus, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia. Here is the round-up of the profitable weekend.

EUROPE

ITALY

Marcelo Estigarribia scored his first goal for new club Sampdoria in a 3-2 win away to Pescara, it was the second of the game.

Ivan Piris (Roma) started in a surprise 3-2 loss to Bologna while Edgar Barreto (Palermo) didn’t feature.

SPAIN

Both Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga) and Nelson Haedo Valdez (Valencia) came on off the bench as their sides won at home.

CYPRUS

Aldo Adorno scored twice for Apoel in their 3-1 win over Doxa Katokopia, the first a follow up from a vicious free kick and the second a haeder.

RUSSIA

Both Luis Caballero and Pablo Zeballos were key figures for Krylya Sovetov who won their first game after three straight defeats. Zeballos set up the opener with a good dead ball delivery but it was Caballero who helped them turn the game around from 2-1 to 2-3 with two assists in the final 7 minutes. First chesting the ball down to Pyotr Nemov and then in stoppage time picking up the loose ball to send into the path of Roman Grigoryan.

LATIN AMERICA

ARGENTINA

Justo Villar (Estudiantes), Claudio Morel (Independiente) and Marcos Cáceres (Newell’s) all started while a host of players came on off the bench – Federico Santander (Tigre), Jorge Achucarro (Colón), Eduardo Ledesma (Godoy Cruz) and Samuel Cáceres (Independiente) – but there were no goals to speak of.

BRAZIL

Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo) was a starter in the 1-1 draw at home to Grêmio.

COLOMBIA

Marcos Lazaga (Patriotas) netted his third goal in four games but it wasn’t enough to save his team from a third straight defeat.

CHILE

Cristian Bogado scored the only goal of the game to secure a win for Iquique while Miguel Cuéllar (Cobresal) set his team on their way to a 2-1 win. Outside of the top division, Adam Brandon tells me that José Félix Pedroso is enjoying a run in the San Marcos de Arica side who are hoping to be promoted.

BOLIVIA

Pablo Escobar (The Strongest) scored the only goal in his team’s 2-1 defeat to Blooming and Carlos Neumann also got on the scoresheet for Real Potosí in a 1-1 draw with Nacional Potosí.

MEXICO

No goals from the guys up north this week although worth mentioning that Pablo Aguilar’s Tijuana team beat Osvlado Martinez’s Atlante and sit top of the league.

By Ralph Hannah

Paraguay Abroad: European season starts with goal for Cardozo

There was competitive action across Europe this weekend which is where we start and an action-packed game in Portugal.

EUROPE

Oscar Cardozo saved his teammate’s blushes with a penalty to earn Benfica a point against Braga in a 2-2 draw, earlier Lorenzo Melgarejo a striker converted to left-back had scored a headed own goal as he misjudged a cross.

In Spain Nelson Haedo made his Valencia debut, coming off the bench in the credible draw against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu. Antolín Alcaraz (Wigan Athletic) played the whole game in a 2-0 defeat. In Russia the Krylya Sovetov pair, Pablo Zeballos and Luis Caballero were sunk by the same margin, things were even worse for the Paraguayan pair as the latter was sent off after 39 minutes having reacted badly to a foul.  Cristian Riveros (Kayserispor) was also defeated 1-0 this weekend.

CHINA

Better news outside of Europe when José Ortigoza (Shandong) turned Ortigol in China with a consolation goal in a 4-2 loss.

ARGENTINA

Also a couple of goals for our players down south, while Claudio Morel was sent off in Avellenada derby which Independiente lost, there was happier news for ex-Racing defender Marcos Cáceres who can be seen scoring below for Newell’s Old Boys in their 2-0 victory.

Víctor Ayala also scored his first goal in Argentina, a smashing effort to seal Lanús’ 2-0 win over Vélez.

MEXICO

It was the late late show for the Paraguayans this weekend. Osvaldo Martinez scored a penalty six minutes from time for Atlante in their 1-1 draw with his former club Monterrey.

Edgar ‘Pajaro’ Benítez left it until the 91st minute to score Toluca’s winner against Pachuca having come off the bench in the second half. Paulo Da Silva played the whole game for the losing side.

Elsewhere Dario Verón (PUMAS) was involved in a 2-1 away win and Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana) saw his side win by the same scoreline at home.

By Ralph Hannah

Paraguay Abroad: Luis Caballero on target and Pablo Aguilar scores again

Another weekend, another goal for Pablo Aguilar, the Tijuana defender has now notched up three in four league games and is joint 2nd topscorer in the Mexican Primera División. Over in China, Lucas Barrios was left out of the side with sunstroke while in Russia Luis Caballero continues his hot streak with another goal for Krylya as they sit in sixth place. There are also goals from Ecuador and Cyprus in another decent week for our Paraguayan legion.

RUSSIA

Luis Caballero bundled in the first goal to set Krylya on their way against Rostov.Pablo Zeballos set up the winner last week and once again was the provider from a corner as the side from Samara ran out 2-1 victors to record back-to-back wins.

CHINA

Lucas Barrios suffered heatstroke on Wednesday so wasn’t included by Lippi in the Guangzhou team at the weekend, José Ortigoza’s Shandong ran out 4-0 winners but the Paraguayan didn’t find the net.

MEXICO

Another incredible weekend for Pablo Aguilar who is turning into a prolific goalscorer, the central defender opened the scoring for Tijuana in a 2-2 draw with Paulo Da Silva’s Pachuca.

There was another all-Paraguayan battle as Edgar Benítez (Toluca) got the better of Dario Verón (Pumas) in a 2-1 away win and on Friday night Osvaldo Martinez (Atlante) also won 2-1 as part of the visiting side, overcoming Jaguares. Herminio Miranda (Puebla) played the full 90 minutes as his side went down to 10-men and lost 1-0 to Cruz Azul.

BRAZIL

Víctor ‘Topo’ Cáceres made a long awaited debut as Flamengo moved up to ninth with a 2-0 win, elsewhere Figueirense ended a 15-game winless streak but neither Wilson Pittoni nor Mario Saldivar were in the match squad.

CYPRUS

Aldo Adorno scored a good goal to seal APOEL’s passage to the next phase of the Europa League

ARGENTINA

Ricardo Mazacotte (Unión de Santa Fe) still hasn’t tasted victory at his new club, it was also defeat for Justo Villar (Estudiantes) and Víctor Ayala (Lanús). However the latter’s defeat came at the hands of Newell’s Old Boys the only goal being set up by Marcos Cáceres’ low centre.

ECUADOR

A goal for Domingo Martinez (Macará) sealed a 3-0 away win against Independiente with Librado Azcona and Edgar Balbuena on the home team.

Also in the Andean country, Fernando Gimenez (Emelec) was involved in the clásico defeat to Barcelona before travelling to Washington DC for the Paraguay friendly.

ITALY

We don’t usually drop down a division but this was a special case as teenage prospect Rodrigo Alborno made his senior debut for Novara in the Coppa Italia on his 19th Birthday, the former Inter Milan left back’s side won 4-3.

By Ralph Hannah

Paraguay Abroad: Mexican legion on song with hattrick of goals

A great weekend for the Mexican legion with defenders Pablo Aguilar and Paulo da Silva both securing 1-0 wins for their sides with crucial goals, Atlante’s Osvaldo Martinez capped a fine week for the expats with a penalty in the draw with América. On the other side of the world Pablo Zeballos came of the bench to set up Krylya’s late winner and Lucas Barrios’ Guanzhou Evergrande saw their lead at the top of the Chinese Super League cut to just one point. Here is a brief round-up.

MEXICO

Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana) got the winner against Dario Veron’s Pumas side following a defensive mix up

Paulo Da Silva (Pachuca) also scored the only goal for his side, making up for his own goal last week

Osvaldo Martinez (Atlante) scored the second of the game, a penalty, in a 2-2 draw.

Elsewhere in Mexico, Edgar Benítez played the final half hour for Toluca as they ran out 2-1 winners at home.

SOUTH AMERICA

In Argentina there were no goals, worth noting that Orlando Gaona Lugo got a rare outing for Boca Juniors, he played the last 30 minutes in their 3-0 defeat. Victor Ayala (Lanús) and Ricardo Mazacotte (Unión Santa Fe) both made their debuts in 1-0 defeats away from home.

Wilson Pittoni was involved in yet another defeat for Figueirense who sit bottom of the Brasilerão, Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo) has finally been cleared to play but his game was postponed this weeekend.

Miguel Angel Cuellar found the net for Cobresal, with ex-Sol de América striker Victor Ferreira playing for the opponents, Unión La Calera, having moved from Caracas in Venezuela.

Over in Ecuador there was a red card for Eduardo Echeverría (Liga de Quito) in the clásico against Barcelona, he picked up two bookings in the 2-2 draw. In Perú there was better news as Mario Villasanti (Inti Gas) kept a cleansheet in a win that puts them in sixth place. Robin Ramirez (Tolima) didn’t score in Colombia as he and his teammate, Antony Silva, fell 2-1 against German Centurión’s Santa Fe side.

RUSSIA

Luis Caballero (Krylya Sovetov) started against Kuban Krasnodar but it was substitute Pablo Zeballos who had the bigger impact, his excellent cross led to the winning goal in the 86th minute. 

CHINA

No goals for Lucas Barrios (Guanzhou Evergrande) nor José Ortigoza (Shandong Luneng) as neither side managed a victory, losing 2-1 and drawing 3-3 respectively.

By Ralph Hannah

Paraguay Abroad: Goals galore around the globe

A good weekend for our ambassador’s around the world as several Paraguayans found the net, here is just a brief round-up of the major figures with video evidence of their labour.

EUROPE

RUSSIA

Luis Caballero (Krylya) and Pablo Zeballos (Krylya) made their official debuts for the Samara-based club against Terek Grozny, while Zeballos was subbed off his compatriot played the full 90 minutes and grabbed the equaliser with a cool penalty kick.

PORTUGAL

Juan Manuel Iturbe (Porto) got some rare minutes on the pitch in a friendly and scored this wonder-goal in his side’s 3-0 victory.

Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) has been linked with a move away from Benfica but he turned out for the Lisbon side in a friendly against Slask and scored a typical ‘Tacuara’ goal.

CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO

Pablo Aguilar (Xolos de Tijuana) was another player who scored on his debut, the ex-Luque defender grabbed the second goal of the game in a victory over Puebla, with Herminio Miranda representing the away team.

SOUTH AMERICA

CHILE

Miguel Angel Cuellar (Cobresal) scored the equaliser against Colo Colo as his side bounced back to win in Santiago. You can see his goal after 1:45 mins on the video.

ASIA

CHINA

Lucas Barrios (Guanzhou Evegrande) grabbed the winner for his new side in the Chinese Premier League with a good header.

By Ralph Hannah