Posted on August 3, 2012
MARABELLA, Trinidad – Second-half substitute Edgar Chinchilla struck for a brace in the final 16 minutes and Xelaju rallied for a 2-2 draw with DirecTV W Connection on Thursday night.
The game marked both teams’ return to the CONCACAF Champions League.
Chinchilla scored his second goal in the 89th minute with a left-footed drive from 23 yards that spoiled the Trinidad & Toabgans’ first CCL match in three years.
Chinchilla, who played only 43 minutes in Xelaju’s four Guatemalan league matches this season, started the comeback in the 74th minute.
W Connection jumped to a two-goal advantage in the first half.
Hachim Arcia tallied in the 23rd minute and Rennie Britto made it 2-0 in the 34th as the W Conection played its first competitive match since losing the Caribbean Club Championship final to Caledonia in June and its first match in the CCL in nearly three years.
Dominating the opening half, W Connection took the lead after Andrei Pacheco sprinted down the left side, got around defender Fredy Taylor and sent a cross to front of the goal. Britto got a slight deflection of the ball before it rolled to Arcia, who before knocking a left-footed shot inside the right post from seven yards
The T&T side made it 2-0 as Johny Giron blocked Clyde Leon’s cross. The Xelaju defender, however, could not clear the ball. Jerrel Britto ran on to the loose ball, touched it to his right to an unmarked Rennie Britto, and he finished from the middle of the penalty area.
Xelaju sliced the lead in half when Chinchilla headed a ball that Joevin Jones was unable to clear with his head. Chinchilla volleyed it as it fell at the top of the box, sending it in off the crossbar and into the net.
Chinchilla equalized as he dribbled to the top of the penalty area, touched it to his left and launched a hard shot past Williams.
Both sides will play 11-time Mexican league champion Chivas de Guadalajara later in Group 8.
Categories: Caribbean, Central America, Champions League, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago
Tags: Chivas de Guadalajara, Edgar Chinchilla, W Connection, Xelaju