Posted on September 21, 2012
GUATEMALA CITY – Municipal kept its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal hopes alive while it eliminated Chorrillo from the competition by rallying from a one-goal deficit to a 2-1 Group 7 encounter on Thursday night.
Leandro Barrios snapped a 1-1 tie in the 80th minute for Municipal, which handed the Panamanian side its third consecutive defeat. The Guatemalan team, which has six points, is virtually tied with two-time defending champion Monterrey for the group lead.
Municipal, which ended a two-match winless streak, will visit Monterrey on Tuesday in a game that could decide a berth in the quarterfinals. Monterrey also has a match remaining against Chorrillo in Panama on Oct. 23.
Chorrillo had its winless streak extended to six games.
Barrios placed a shot on goal off Mario Rodriguez’s cross. Goalkeeper Carlos Valdes blocked the shot, but Barrios tapped the bounding ball over the line.
Needing a win to keep its faint hopes alive, Chorrillo grabbed a 1-0 lead ahead 56 seconds into the game. Pablo Solorzano and Renan Addles collided as they challenged for an air ball in the attacking third. The ball dropped and Municipal’s Jaime Vides could not clear from a fallen Alcibialdes Rojas, who knocked it forward as he sat on the ground. Addles took a touch toward the penalty area and unleashing a right-footed drive from 19 yards that sailed past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and into the far-side netting.
Municipal tied it up in the 23rd minute. Yosimar Arias played a looping ball into the penalty area, where Rodriguez settled the ball off his chest and knocked it out of the air past keeper Carlos Valdes, who had charged off his line.
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Guatemala, Panama