Honduras Progreso kept their hopes of advancement alive with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Pumas UNAM. The loss ends the universitarios’ unbeaten run in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League but keeps them atop Group A nevertheless.
Tonight’s game was a must-win for the hosts, and Progreso came out looking to control the ball and the match. However, it was the visitors who took the lead, with Alfonso Nieto scoring on the half-volley to make it 0-1 in the 27th minute.
Progreso turned things around in the second half after an inspired substitution; Víctor Moncada entered the game in the 54th minute and tied it up in the 56th. Marcelo Alatorre was called for a foul and Moncada took the ensuing free kick, sending a precision strike into the upper corner while Alfredo Saldívar stood frozen.
That goal inspired the hosts, who threw numbers forward as they looked to complete the comeback. But slowly Pumas was able to contain the pressure and the game turned into a midfield battle.
However, in the 90th minute, Progreso earned another free kick. Moncada took it again and once again Saldívar could do nothing but watch as the ball hit the back of the net.
With the 2-1 win, Progreso reaches four points while Pumas remain on six.
Progreso: Woodrow West, Roy Smith, Raimundo Cálix (Víctor Moncada 54′), Nixon Duarte, Juan Delgado, Luis Alvarado, Mariano Acevedo, Jorge Cardona (Johnny Gómez 90′), Franklyn Morales (Pedro Mencia 80′), Carlos Sánchez, Ángel Tejeda.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Marcelo Alatorre, Luis Quintana Vega, José García, Orlando Pineda, Jesús Gallardo, Kevin Escamilla, Jorge Escamilla (Diego Barron Neri 58′), Alfonso Nieto, Omar Islas (Alan Acosta 68′), Eduardo Herrera.
Group Table – Group A