Still only 14 years old, professional footballer Fernando Ovelar scored his first goal for strong contenders Cerro Porteno one week after becoming the youngest to ever play for the Paraguayan club.
Ovelar scored in the 15th minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Cerro Porteno’s biggest rival, Olimpia, in the Paraguayan Primera Division, the country’s top league. The midfielder calmly knocked the ball over goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar for the opening goal.
Nestor Camacho equalised for Olimpia 12 minutes later.
Ovelar, who is two months and two days away from his 15th birthday, was substituted 14 minutes into the second half of a game that summed up the excitement and chaos of Paraguayan football.
Marcos Acosta thought he had stolen the points for Cerro with a goal five minutes into injury time but then Olimpia controversially made it 2-2 with a penalty eight minutes later.
Paraguayan clubs have been instructed to field at least one player younger than 19 to build experience in the country’s top league. Deportivo Capiata player Kevin Pereira is also 14 and has already debuted in Paraguay’s top league.
Former United States forward Freddy Adu, once regarded at “the next Pele,” was 14 when he scored his first professional goal in 2004 for DC United of the Major League Soccer, the professional football league in the US.