Miguel Almiron produces pass of the Copa America and excellent performance – Video
Miguel Almiron was back playing football last Sunday (9 June) for the first time since April, when his season ended early for Newcastle with a bad amstring injury.
In the final warm up game for the Copa America, the Newcastle star looked fully fit and on form, getting an assist as Paraguay beat Guatemala 2-0.
Last night (Sunday 16 June), Paraguay kicked off their Copa America against Qatar (there are 10 South American teams plus the invited Qatar and Japan).
Earlier, Colombia produced a surprise 2-0 win over Argentina to throw Group B wide open.
Paraguay took an early lead when Almiron’s corner was met with a header which was blocked by a hand, Cardozo smashing home the 4th minute penalty.
Miguel Almiron was involved throughout and played the full 90 minutes, his best moment actually coming in a move that led to nothing.
Just after the half hour mark the Paraguay No.23 produced an absolutely sublime pass (watch it below) inside the defender, only for the recipient of the pass to have a terrible first touch when in sight of goal.
On 56 minutes, Miguel Almiron picked up an assist, his simple pass inside was hammered home by Gonzalez from outside the box, seemingly confirming the victory.
That second goal was preceded by more magic from Almiron, his mazy run in the box creating a goal, which was then wrongly disallowed (in my opinion) for offside.
However, Qatar had shown they were capable of creating chances and finally they took one, scoring on 68 minutes and then again on 77.
Watch the goals and highlight below and for some of Miguel Almiron’s main moments go straight to:
2.08 Almiron’s corner that leads to the penalty and opening goal.
5.40 That sublime pass by the Newcastle forward that opened up Qatar.
7.07 The mazy Almiron run and assist only for the goal to be disallowed.
7.45 Almiron assist for second goal.
Paraguay mad with themselves as they were denied what would have been only their second win since beating Colombia back in October 2017 (their only victory that friendly against Guatemala the week before last night’s game).
A massive game awaits Miguel Almiron on Thursday against Argentina, before Colombia next Sunday (23 June).
Remarkably it was their first victory in over 20 months, the last one being a 2-1 win over Colombia in October 2017.
On Saturday, Salomon Rondon played well in Venezuela’s opener but their game ended 0-0 against Peru.
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