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Miguel Almiron in stunning form – Grabs two for his country in uplifting display despite late drama

2 weeks ago

Miguel Almiron achieved a lifetime ambition eight days ago, captaining his country for the first time.

However, jubilation swiftly turned to desperation.

Two goals in each half, either side of a consolation effort for Paraguay, giving Japan a 4-1 home friendly win.

Friday (today) saw Paraguay back in action, providing the friendly opposition once again for a World Cup finals warm up match, this time South Korea hosting the South American visitors.

With only one win in the last ten matches and a disastrous World Cup qualifying attempt behind them, Paraguay desperately looking to regroup and rebuild.

Playing in a central role behind the main striker, on 23 minutes a through ball sent Miguel Almiron on his way. The Newcastle player showing great determination and strength to hold off the South Korea defender, then shoot from just inside the area low and across the keeper into the far right bottom corner.

Even better was to come though.

Four minutes after the break, Miguel Almiron receiving a pass towards the right side of the penalty area, the NUFC player cutting inside and striking a lovely shot into the top left corner from around 20 yards. Not quite as good as his Newcastle goal against Crystal Palace last season but still a quality finish.

South Korea though have some quality players and no one more so than Son Heung-min, winner of the Premier League golden boot despite his 23 goals not including a single penalty, the Spurs player pulling one back for his country on 66 minutes.

Almiron then subbed off on 75 minutes having (seemingly) won the game for Paraguay.

The visitors then seeing the remaining 15 minutes of normal time out, set to record an excellent morale boosting win for Miguel Almiron and his international teammates.

In the third minute of added time though, Jung Woo-Young grabbing a late late equaliser for South Korea.

So, the first time the Newcastle player has scored twice for his country in a match, this brace of goals the fifth and sixth that Miguel Almiron has scored for Paraguay.

However, that now makes it only one win in eleven matches for Paraguay.


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