Soccer--and a tedious goalless drawn match against Chile was all Paraguay needed in Buenos Aires on Tuesday (11 December) to win the South America Soccer Cup for the second time.
Soccer--and a tedious goalless drawn match against Chile was all Paraguay needed in Buenos Aires on Tuesday (11 December) to win the South America Soccer Cup for the second time. Although the teams played a half hour of extra time, Paraguay won three-one on aggregate goals, scored in two previous legs of the final.
SYNOPSIS: Chile, in the red shirts, and kicking right to left, get the match underway. Paraguay had won the first leg of the final three-nil in Asuncion, but lost the second in Chile one-nil.
Paraguay move into attack down the right wing, a promising effort. But a powerful tackle from a Chilean defender kills the threat.
A quick Chilean breakaway achieves nothing as a firm shot flies straight into the goalkeeper's arms.
It appeared that both teams knew each other's style of play too well, as neither could break lose from the opposing defenders. Chile raised their supporters' hopes by streaming into attack, but the final shot at goal was badly directed.
Not long before halftime, Paraguay came close to scoring after an incisive thrust along one flank. But a fierce header against the crossbar rebounded comfortably for Chile to clear.
The second half, and Paraguay were feeling somewhat frustrated, although they sensed by this stage that Chile were unlikely to score the three goals they needed to take the Cup.
The standard of play was uninspiring, with forwards of both sides spoiling their chances of scoring through messy work in the six-yard area.
Towards the end, Chile came close to breaking the stalemate. One good centre was cleared, but was immediately pumped back towards the Paraguay goalmouth, and splendid goalkeeping finally kept the scoresheets blank.