14 years makes history in the Paraguayan derby


Fernando Ovelar plays for Cerro Porteño. (Photo from AFP)

ASSUMPTION: At the age of 14, Fernando Ovelar is not old enough to direct, vote or drink but is old enough to play professional football through Cerro Porteño and on Sunday became the youngest scorer in the biggest Derby game against Paraguay . Olympia.

Ovelar, who made his Primera División debut last week, showed the composure of a man twice his age when he rushed to the ball and beat the Olimpia goalkeeper to put the home team ahead in the 16th minute.

This strike allowed the Paraguayan prodigy to eclipse the previous record of 17 years, one month and 28 days of Sergio Diaz.

Néstor Camacho equalized for Olympia 12 minutes later.

Ovelar, who is two months and two days to turn 15, was replaced at 14 minutes of the second part of a game that summed up the excitement and chaos of Paraguayan football.

Marcos Acosta thinks he stole points for Cerro with a goal five minutes from the end of the match, but Olimpia scored 2 x 2 with a penalty kick eight minutes later.

Both sides also had a man expelled moments after the final whistle.

Leaders Olympia remain seven points ahead of their top league rivals.


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