Olimpia Asuncion take on the visitors Atletico Goianiense in the first leg of the round of last 16 match of Copa Sudamericana. The match will be played on Friday, July 1st at Estadio Manuel Ferreira (Asunción).
Olympia (Asuncion) could focus on the Copa. "King of Cups" 45 times became the champion of the country. But after the Clausura-2020, it is not possible to repeat the success, and in the last draw there was even 8th place, which was actually a failure for such an ambitious club. Now the results are much better, but still the capital's team is very much, hopelessly actually lagging behind its neighbor, Libertad, and even Cerro Porteno. Moreover, the latter lost a dispute for 2nd place in the Copa Libertadores group. And it's very disappointing: they scored equally points, 8 each, but all were decided by additional indicators. Well, now they need to switch to the Copa Sudamericana. By the way, Paraguayan teams have not won this tournament yet.
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Atletico Goianiense shows pretty expected results. "Dragon" until recently was perceived as a "football elevator" - yes, some fifteen years ago, they did hang out in the 3rd division of the country. So recently the fans were happy just because they managed not to fly out of Serie A, and in 2021 they even managed to jump right up to 9th place. This helped to qualify the Copa Sudamericana. And there in the spring, showing rather average results in Brasileirao, where they manage to stay above the relegation zone, Atlético Goianiense was able to win the group. There it turned out to take 4 wins and 13 points, which was enough to win 1st place in the quartet. Now they want to prove themselves in knockout stage - this is a rather rare experience for a rather modest Brazilian project.
Olympia Asuncion are one of the most experienced clubs, not only in their country, but throughout South America. There are only 7 finals of the Copa Libertadores in the asset, of which 3 were won. Olympia is seen as the pair's favorite. But they understand that everything will be decided in the second leg, and they will not take risks. We expect a cautious match with "under 2.5 goals”.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.