Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Paraguay: Points shared in Superclásico (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 5, 2011

Paraguay’s Superclásico took place this weekend with Olimpia and Cerro Porteño having to be content with sharing the spoils following a 1-1 draw in the capital city of Asuncion on Sunday.

Record champions Olimpia may have amassed 38 league titles to date in their glory-laden history but the last of those championships came eleven years ago which is far too long for a club of its stature. Cerro Porteño have caught up a little on their arch-rivals in the title stakes in recent times having won four championships in the last decade (the last was the 2009 Apertura) taking their tally up to 28. Both clubs have started off well in the current Clausura campaign, occupying places in the top four with the new tournament six games old. Club Nacional, who won the opening Apertura championship this season, and Club Libertad, Paraguay’s most successful team in the last decade with seven title wins since 2000, also occupy spots in the top four so it was important for one of Paraguay’s traditional big two to get all three points in the Superclásico this weekend.

Alas, for both teams, this proved to be too tough a task and they had to settle for a point each. Cerro Porteño took the lead three minutes into the second half with Freddy heading home from close range but host side Olimpia equalized in the 62nd minute through Sergio Orteman’s powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area following Cerro’s inability to clear the ball. The point won meant that Olimpia preserve their place at the top of the standings with thirteen points from six matches, two points ahead of Cerro Porteño who lie in fourth place as an inferior goal difference means that they are sandwiched by Club Libertad and Club Nacional.

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