Santa Cruz helps Paraguay thrash Hong Kong
Roque Santa Cruz scored two goals to help FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finalists Paraguay crush Hong Kong 7-0 in a friendly.
Even though the visitors only boasted four players from their South African adventure - namely Santa Cruz, Justo Villar, Cristian Riveros and Antolin Alcaraz - they still proved too much for the minnows.
Santa Cruz bagged a brace in a match he used to improve his fitness after enduring a difficult season at Manchester City.
The former Blackburn Rovers forward has rarely figured, with Roberto Mancini overlooking him in favour of Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Emmanuel Adebayor, and he is set to leave in the January transfer window. Steve Mclaren's Wolfsburg are reportedly interested.
The 29-year-old made the most of his time on the pitch, opening the scoring in the fifth minute and adding another just past the half-hour mark.
His goals sandwiched a strike by Edgar Barreto on 31 minutes, with Nestor Ortigoza getting his own double in the second half. Riveros made it six on 75 minutes before sealing a big victory in injury time.
It was a disappointing homecoming for Hong Kong coach Tsang Wai-Chung, who has had little time with the senior team after guiding the U-23s to the second round of the Asian Games in Guangzhou. Tsang's squad was eliminated by Oman on Monday.