This Saturday afternoon, Penarol welcomed Cerro at the Campeon del Siglo Stadium for matchday 1 in the Uruguayan Apertura Tournament. The confront marked the debut of Diego Forlan ahead of “Los Carboneros”. The Uruguayan legend debuted with a 2-1 hard-fought win over Cerro, counting on goals from Xisco Jimenez, and Jesus Trindade. Leandro Paiva scored for Cerro.
The team led by Forlan showed its strength in the first minutes. At 10′ in a corner-kick, Fabricio Formiliano flicked it to Spaniard Xisco, who also used his head to score. 1-0 Penarol.
Cerro didn’t intimidate in the hostile Campeon del Siglo – Champions of the Century in English -. The name of the stadium is an allusion to the 5 Copa Libertadores won in the last century. Even with all of this, Paiva went on in the 30th minute to score a screamer. From a free-kick, he slotted it home right at the top corner of Penarol’s keeper, Thiago Cardozo. 1-1.
Cerro almost turned it around in the next minutes, as Jose Luis Tancredi hit the crossbar. However, the first half ended up 1-1.
After the break, Cerro kept on top of the hosts and had some good chances. Things got even harder for Penarol as in the 72nd minute, goalkeeper Cardozo was forced to stop a counter, and ended up using his hands outside the area and was given a straight red card.
However, even down to 10-man, Forlan’s men could keep on with the intensity and found a 90th-minute winner. Facundo Pellistri was the architect of the move, rounding a defender and perfectly crossing it to Jesus, who sealed the win. 2-1 Penarol.
The Carbonero triumph is the first in the 2020 season. Without a doubt, it was a great start for Diego Forlan and his team. However, the ball keeps on rolling in the Land of Cavani and Suarez. On the next Saturday Defensor Sporting and Penarol will face each other for the 2nd matchweek of Apertura. Cerro will also play on Saturday, against Uruguay’s River Plate.