The remembered right back of the Paraguayan Selectionwho achieved the second America’s Cup in our history in 1979, Juan Espínola, passed away this Wednesday at the age of 68.
Juan Espínola spent his entire sports career in Libertad, where he was between 1972 and 1983.
He played for the Paraguayan National Team in the 1975 and 1979 American Cups, establishing himself as champion in that last edition.
The Paraguayan National Team published a tweet informing about this unfortunate news.
To his family and friends, our deepest condolences. pic.twitter.com/iXcDYaIbHJ
– Paraguayan Selection (@Albirroja) December 15, 2021
The deed of 79
The 1979 Copa América final found Paraguay wanting to be champion again after 26 years. The first game was recorded on November 26 at the De los Defensores del Chaco stadium, where Albirroja won 3-0 over the Chileans with two goals from Julio César Romero and one from Milciades Morel.
The rematch was played at the National Stadium in Santiago on December 5, where the National Team could not beat the trans-Andean team and fell 1-0. Faced with equal points, the Copa América would be resolved in a third match and in case of parity the team with the greatest goal difference would be the champion, an advantage that Paraguay had.
The decisive match was played on Tuesday, December 11, 1979 at the José Amalfitani stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The match was close as any final, but Paraguay faced the Chilean attacks and with 0-0 as the final result, for the second chance we shouted Champions of America!
Paraguay played 9 games in that edition of the Copa América, where they won 4 games, drew 4 and lost only lost 1. They scored 13 goals and received 7 goals. Eugenio Morel was the championship scorer with 4 conquests.