BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, July 2, 2012
A spectacular goal from New York City's Diego Chavarri against Melgar couldn't save last place Cobresol from yet another defeat in Peru's Primera Division.
Chavarri has spent most of the past 12 months injuried and unfit for action but lately he has finally regained his health and a place in Cobresol's starting lineup. Last weekend he drew and converted a penalty for his first goal of the season.
It was Melgar who got on the board first in the 13th minute through a strike from Jesus Chavez. On the play, Cobresol's defense was unable to cleanly clear a long shot and the ball fell right to Chavez who sent a hard shot past Cobresol keeper Micahel Sotillo from the right side.
In the 17th minute Chavarri would equalize on a spectacular goal from 30 yards. The play began in a seemingly uneventful manner but Chavarri took the defense by surprise and hit a laser into the edge of the goal past Melgar keeper Jos Carvallo to even the score at 1-1.
In the 81st minute, Melgar would give small home crowd something to cheer about when it took the lead for good. Julian Di Cosmo was able to pounce on a rebound after Sotillo was unable to hold onto an initial shot and give Melgar a 2-1 lead. Less than 10 minutes later the game would end.
With the loss, Cobresol remained in last place with just 10 points through 19 games. They trail 15th place Sport Boys by five points. Melgar rose to seventh place with 28 points.
Chavarri and Cobresol return to action on Wednesday when they visit Sport Boys.