ASUNCION - Goals from striker Nelson Haedo
and Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz in the opening half hour gave Paraguay a 2-0 home win over Romania at the Defensores del
Chaco national stadium on Saturday.
The match, a warm-up for Gerardo Martino's team ahead of
next month's Copa America in Argentina, doubled as a farewell
for former Paraguay captain Roberto "Bull" Acuna.
Haedo put Paraguay ahead after only two minutes with a low
shot across the face of goal and inside the bottom far corner
and Santa Cruz headed the second from Miguel Samudio's cross in
The 39-year-old Acuna, a veteran of three World Cups and
still active playing for first division club Rubio Nu, won a
symbolic 100th Paraguay cap playing the opening eight minutes.
Romania were also part of striker Ronaldo's Brazil farewell
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