Juanito Cazares continues to make the difference for Atlético Mineiro

He's now made three assists in the CONMEBOL Libertadores. In the first leg against Defensor Sporting, he was key in attack and even ended up getting on the scoresheet himself.

Juanito floats out on the pitch. He's a painter that sees the colour of the grass and creates his masterpiece. It doesn't matter on which pitch he plays on, he's almost impossible for his rivals to shut down. For his teammates, he's the perfect outlet. Cazares did the impossible which was to produce a goal scored by header against a Uruguayan side. This is almost unheard of. First, he whipped in a fantastic cross which found Rever who opened the scoring for Atlético Mineiro. The second, even more incredible, saw the 171cm tall man score a header himself.

It isn't the first assist Cazares has made in the CONMEBOL Libertadores. His crossing ability creates many chances for his side. In Phase 2, against Danubio, he provided an assist in both the home and away legs. Both, naturally, for Ricardo Oliveira. Once again they demonstrated his enormous talent. It isn't easy to break down a Uruguayan defence and he's done it on three occasions now. Although he perhaps goes under the radar elsewhere, he's adored by the supporters in Belo Horizonte.

Cazares arrived at Atlético Mineiro in 2016. He came from Banfield. His talent is already known on the international stage as he played in the U20 World Cup and two Copa Americas. If he continues to perform at this level it's hard to see him not adding more appearances with Ecuador.

He was the man of the match. Alongside the evergreen Oliveira, the two have created quite the partnership at Atlético Mineiro. There's within touching distance of the group stages now and both will play a key part in seeing how far the Brazilians go in the competition.

 

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