Thursday 9 April, 2020

Late strikes lift Mexican side over Portmore United

Lucas Passerini (leff) of Cruz Azul and Rondee Smith of Portmore United, fight for possession in the first leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 tie on February 18, 2020 at the National Stadium in Kingston. (PHOTO: Concacaf).

Lucas Passerini (leff) of Cruz Azul and Rondee Smith of Portmore United, fight for possession in the first leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 tie on February 18, 2020 at the National Stadium in Kingston. (PHOTO: Concacaf).

Portmore United of Jamaica conceded two second-half stoppage time goal to suffer a 2-1 defeat against Mexican side Cruz Azul  in the first leg of their 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 tie on Tuesday night at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The Jamaican hosts looked to set to collect a first-ever win for a Jamaican club against Mexican opposition in the Concacaf Champions League , but Lucas Passerini and Jonathan Rodriguez had other ideas and scored in the waning minutes for the win.

Portmore United goalkeeper Kemar Foster was tested early, first denying Pablo Ceppelini and then another effort from Alex Castro, the latter seeing his follow-up hit the crossbar.

Portmore United posed danger themselves and stunned the visiting Mexicans by taking the lead in the 75th minute when Rondee Smith lofted in a shot over Cruz Azul goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado for a 1-0 lead.

But Cruz Azul would rally late, starting with Passerini’s shot that deflected off a Portmore United defender and spun into goal in the 90+5 miinute to even the score 1-1.

Rodriguez then won it in the 90+8 minute by firing in a loose ball for the dramatic 2-1 triumph.

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