CCL: Saprissa vs Pachuca – Quarterfinal First Leg Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsSaprissa and Pachuca played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, a result that leaves everything to play for in next week’s second leg.

Despite the ultimate lack of goals, there were chances right from the beginning. In the 2nd minute, the Tuzos had the first opportunity through a quick counterattack, but Erick Aguirre couldn’t finish it off.

Then, in the 9th minute, John Stefan Medina got his head to a corner kick, only to see the ball cleared at the last second by Anderson Leite.

Pachuca thought they had taken the lead in the 31st minute, when Omar González nodded a free kick by Jonathan Urretaviscaya into the net, but the would-be goal was disallowed for a tight offside call.

As for Saprissa, the hosts nearly snatched the lead just before halftime when Ulises Segura saw his shot hit the post.

In the second half, Saprissa began to control possession and create more chances of their own. Then, in the 63rd minute, they had a penalty shout turned down after Joseph Mora was brought down in the box.

While Saprissa was unable to turn their possession into goals, they are not in a bad position to advance after denying Pachuca an away goal in this leg.

With the 0-0 draw, next week’s second leg will be a winner-takes-all affair. Should the two teams draw again, a second 0-0 scoreline would send the game to extra time while any other draw would advance Saprissa due to the away goals tiebreaker.

Highlights

Lineups

Saprissa: Danny Carvajal, Julio Cascante, Roy Miller, Heiner Mora, Joseph Mora (Dave Myrie 88′), Marvin Agulo (Randy Chirino 81′), Ulises Segura, Anderson Leite (Anllel Porras 53′), Mariano Torres, Christian Martínez, Daniel Colindres.

Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Erick Aguirre (Roberto Alvarado 80′), Emmanuel García, John Stefan Medina, Raúl López, Jorge Hernández, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Franco Jara, Hirving Lozano. 

Advertisements

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s