Great news for Newcastle United as Miguel Almiron plays full 90 minutes and stars for Paraguay
A relief for Newcastle fans as Miguel Almiron was back on the pitch.
Paraguay taking on Guatemala in the final warm up game before the Copa America then kicks off for Almiron’s national side on 16 June with a group game against Qatar, then Argentina (20 June) and Colombia (23 June).
Paraguay played out a disappointing 1-1 friendly against Honduras on Wednesday (early hours Thursday UK time), Cardozo giving them a 15th minute lead with a penalty but Honduras getting a draw when Figueroa scored on 75 minutes.
However, of concern for Newcastle fans was the fact that Miguel Almiron wasn’t named in the starting eleven, nor was he even included amongst the substitutes.
No reason was given for his absence but the striker hadn’t played since a hamstring injury picked up nine weeks ago for Newcastle against Southampton.
The good news though was that Miguel Almiron started last night and played the full 90 minutes for Paraguay against Guatemala, a massive bonus being that the Newcastle striker also looked fully fit and back to his best.
As well as causing all sorts of problems with his dribbling/running with the ball, Almiron also got an assist for the opening goal. His deep free-kick headed home by Gomez on 47 minute, Gonzalez adding the second and final goal on 76 minutes.
Watch that opening goal (it is on 3.00 if you want to go direct to it) below and highlights,the commentator is a ‘little’ excitable, you would be tempted to think they were winning the World Cup not a friendly against Guatemala!)
All positives for Miguel Almiron on the night apart from the fact he is still to register a goal for his country, hopefully that will change in this Copa America tournament.
Sunday night was also a much needed morale booster for Paraguay overall.
Remarkably it was their first victory in over 20 months, the last one being a 2-1 win over Colombia in October 2017.
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