Salomon Rondon kicks off Copa America with incident packed game – Video highlights
The future of Salomon Rondon is just one of many issues that are worrying Newcastle fans this summer, supporters having no idea whether NUFC’s player of the season Rondon will be lining up once again for Newcastle in August.
As for the striker himself, Salomon Rondon is just getting on with playing football.
Last weekend he became Venezuela’s all-time leading goalscorer when scoring twice against the USA in a friendly (read what he had to say about that below).
That game was the final warm up for the Copa America tournament and Salomon Rondon kicked off that campaign on Saturday night.
Group A’s opening game had seen Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 despite the Brazilians being booed off at half-time when the game was still goalless.
Venezuela were up against Peru and there were chances for both teams.
Peru scoring twice only for VAR to save them the first time and the linesman’s flag for the second.
As for Salomon Rondon, he had a close range effort saved by Peru’s keeper and put a long range free-kick narrowly wide (watch the match highlights below).
The game ended goalless with Venezuela having to withstand a late onslaught, after Mago was red carded.
Salomon Rondon playing the full 90 minutes of a game that was entertaining and had plenty incident, despite the scoreline.
Venezuela now play Brazil on Tuesday (18 June) and then the final group game is Bolivia on Saturday (22 June).
The tournament format means that whatever happens against Brazil they should qualify for the quarter-finals so long as they beat Bolivia. There are three groups of four and it is the top two in each group, plus the two best performing third place teams that go through.
The highlights are below and if you want to go straight to Rondon’s key moments, the close range save is at 0.45 and his free-kick 1.21. Though well worth watching a mad scramble at 2.20 when down to 10 men, somehow Venezuela’s goal survives intact.
Salomon Rondon on 9 June when he became Venezuela’s greatest ever goalscorer, moving on to 24 goals when scoring twice in a 3-0 win over the USA::
“When I was a kid, I always had a ball at my feet.
“I smashed a few windows at my grandma’s house with footballs.
“I watched games and couldn’t wait to grow up and play for a team and on professional pitches…
“As a kid, I had many dreams…
“I dreamed of playing for Venezuela and, once I achieved that, my goal was to beat Juan Arango’s record.
“After doing so today, I feel really happy and am so proud to be Venezuelan and continue to make history for my country.
“I give thanks to God, my family and all those who have been there for me…
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