Posted on September 28, 2012
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Already eliminated from the competition, CD FAS certainly made it interesting, waiting until the final 12 minutes, including the game-winning goal in the 89th minute, to pull out a 2-1 victory over Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage on Thursday night.
Alejandro Bentos and Juan Carlos Moscoso scored in the final 12 minutes of the Group 3 side to secure the win.
The loss will mean Olimpia (four points) must defeat the Houston Dynamo in the Group 3 finale in Houston on Oct. 23 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Dynamo (seven) needs at least a tie to secure the next round.
FAS, which recorded its first triumph in four matches, snapped a nine-game CCL winless streak.
On the flip side, the defeat ended a 10-game unbeaten streak for Olimpia, which is in first place in the Honduran Apertura by three points.
Javier Portillo gave the Honduran team the lead in the 65th minute, but Alejandro Bentos equalized with 12 minutes remaining. After Olimpia goalkeeper Donis Escober saved a penalty kick, Moscoso connected for the game-winner in the 89th minute.
The match began some 15 minutes late due to a power failure that knocked out the lights at Estadio Cuscatlan. The game then started under a drenching rain that only lightened after about a half hour.
Areas of standing water formed in several places on the field after 15-20 minutes, and balls many times splashed to a stop making possession quite difficult.
Even after the rain lessened in the second half, scoring opportunities were difficult to come by.
But there were chances.
For xample, Carlos Will Mejia ran down the right flank, sent a cross into the penalty area that bounced and was deflected by Douglas Caetano before continuing across the box. Portillo sprinted in unmarked on the left side and volleyed a low ball past goalkkeeper Luis Contreras for a 1-0 Olimpia lead.
Bentos equalized for the Salvadoran side, getting on the end of Edwin Sanchez’s high cross to the back post at the edge of the goalkeepers box as he bounced a header inside the right post.
With FAS lining up for a free kick in the 89th minute, Moscoso raced around the left side of the defensive wall and ran onto the ball, sending a left-footed shot high into the net.
Categories: Central America, El Salvador, Honduras
Tags: Alejandro bentos, CD FAS, CONCACAF Champions League, Donis Escober, Houston Dynamo, Javier Portillo, Juan Carlos Moscoso, Moscoso, Olimpia