1-4: Antonio Marín leads the Guaraní win

The Guarani Paraguayan struck the first blow at Royal
Pari of Bolivia in the Cup
Liberators with a 4-1 away win, a win led by forward Antonio Marín, who made a double.

Marín opened the scoring in minute 4 and repeated in minute 45, while José Florentín scored the second for ‘el Cacique’ in minute 19 and Fernando Fernández made the fourth in minute 74. Honduran Rubilio Castillo scored the goal of honor for Royal Pari in the 72nd minute of the first leg of the first phase of the Libertadores, which also marked the premiere of the Bolivian squad in the continental tournament.

‘El Cacique’ surprised the ‘real estate’ four minutes into the match with a goal born in a center by Argentine Nicolás Maná that Marín nodded.

Castillo and Argentine Luciano Ursino had opportunities to equalize in the next few minutes, but the first failed and the second attempt was held back by Colombian goalkeeper Devis Vásquez.

The visitors extended the lead in the 18th minute, when after a collective move José Florentín managed to outwit three defenders and beat Bolivian goalkeeper Jorge Arauz.

An inspired Marín took advantage of Villalba’s side kick to get back into the local defensive line and convert the third at the end of the first half.

In the second half, the locals came out to cut the gap, but they could not realize the opportunities they had.

Those of the Argentine Gustavo Costas seemed comfortable with the scoreboard, although without giving up completely to achieve a greater advantage. The long-awaited ‘real estate’ goal was completed in the 72nd minute, after a corner that Castillo was able to take advantage of.

The locals did not have time to celebrate, as the Paraguayan counterattack and his fourth goal came almost immediately, this time converted by Fernando Fernández, who entered the second half.

Royal Pari could do little in the remaining minutes, which showed the difference with the Paraguayans who have already started their local tournament, while Bolivia plans to do so in March.

Royal Pari coach, Argentine Cristian Díaz, had to follow the match from the stands due to a three-game penalty dating from the previous edition of the Libertadores, when he was also managing Bolivian Wilstermann.

The return will be played on March 3 in Asunción.

1 – Royal Pari: Jorge Arauz; Ismael Benegas, Guimer Justiniano, Widen Saucedo, Jair Torrico (d.46, Jefferson Tavares); Didí Torrico (m.72, Omar Siles), Luciano Ursino, Emanuel Amoroso (m.72, Mirko Tomianovic), Esteban Orfano (m.86, Layonel Figueroa); Antonio Melgar (m.83, Thiago Ribeiro) and Rubilio Castillo.

Coach: Cristian Díaz

4 – Guaraní: Devis Vásquez; Ángel Benítez, Roberto Fernández, Alexis Villalba, Guillermo Benítez; David Colman (m.76, Daniel Villalva), Rodrigo Fernández (m.63, Guillermo Tegüé), José Florentín; Nicolás Maná (m.73, Juan Franco), Raúl Bobadilla (m.46, Fernando Fernández) and Antonio Marín (m.63 Jorge Valdez).

Coach: Gustavo Costas

Goals: 0-1, Antonio Marín (m. 3); 0-2, José Florentín (m. 19); 0-3, A. Marín. (m. 45); 1-3, Rubilio Castillo (d. 72); 1-4, Fernando Fernández (m. 74)

Referee: Peruvian Kevin Ortega. He admonished Bobadilla, Jair Torrico, Roberto Fernández, Tegüé, Saucedo, Guillermo Benítez, Tavares and Villalva.

Incidents: First leg of the first phase of the Copa Libertadores played at the Ramón ‘Tahuichi’ Aguilera stadium in Santa Cruz without an audience due to the restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic.