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The Paraguayan team led by former River Eduardo Toto Berizzo received Venezuela at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium for the tenth date of the South American Qualifiers with the mission of winning to reach the qualification zone for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. La Albirroja did not have the expected results in the first two matches of the triple qualifying date: they fell 2-0 to Ecuador in Quito and drew 1 to 1 against Colombia at home. This Thursday he faced Venezuela – last in the standings – and both Robert Rojas and David Martínez were starters.

The game started in favor of Paraguay, which six minutes into the first half found the first goal at the feet of David Martínez. After a play that started on the right then went to the left, Martínez received in the vertex of the large area and without hesitation he hit him hard, the ball went out at high speed, the visitor’s goalkeeper did nothing and the ball entered. La Albirroja took the lead through a great goal from River’s defender. It was the first goal of the former Defense and Justice in seven games played for the Paraguayan National Team, at the time of converting he had played 338 minutes with the Guaraní team.

The balance of the players of the Greatest

Eduardo Berizzo uses River centrals as full-backs, although they are not used to playing in that position, they know how to do it and also strengthen the Paraguayans’ passing game, a historical weapon of Albirroja. Rojas began the triple date as substitutes but due to the injury of a teammate against Ecuador 5 minutes into the first half he entered and then on the following date he started. For his part, Martínez started in Quito, then against Colombia he went to the bank and added minutes in the second half and against Venezuela he regained his place.


David Martínez celebrates his first goal with Albirroja. (Photo: Getty).


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