The first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals fixture saw Portland Timbers and Club America tie 1-1.
After this draw at Providence Park on Wednesday, these teams will meet again next week at Estadio Azteca in Mexico. Next Wednesday, May 5, for the second leg, the two will play a winner-take-all match.
Here is how supporters at Providence Park saw Portland Timbers and Club America tie 1-1:
- Club America, Liga MX giants, took the initial lead in the match, just at the stroke of halftime. At 45+1 minutes, Claudio Bravo committed a foul on Richard Sanchez in his own box. After referee Escobar gave out a penalty kick whistle, Roger Martinez sent Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella flying the wrong way. He coolly slotted home from the penalty spot, giving the visitors the 1-0 lead and a crucial away goal.
- In the second half, the Timbers got close to equalizing from the run of play a few times but couldn’t.
- Dairon Asprilla almost found an equalizer by magic, in the 50th minute. He dodged two defenders on the left side of the Club America box and struck from a seemingly impossible angle. The strike may have been intended as a cross. Nonetheless, the ball nearly did go in at the far post for a potentially spectacular goal, but instead it glanced off the crossbar.
- Yimmi Chara and Larrys Mabiala also got chances to equalize for Portland before the hour mark. However, Chara’s attempted volley trickle went wide, whereas Mabiala’s a clean header off a corner kick also missed the target.
- The Timbers were thus heading toward a frustrating 1-0 result, but miraculously won a penalty kick at death time. As second-half’s stoppage time ended, Club America had to concede a handball following a massive, chaotic scramble in the box. Felipe Mora took the penalty kick and equalized the game 1-1 at the death.
- This shock goal near death time will ensure that the Timbers will head into Wednesday’s second leg on level terms.