Soccer  > General Soccer  > Two Bentos goals send FAS to Group Stage
August 6, 2010, 11:45 AM
GUATEMALA CITY - Alejandros Bentos scored a goal in each half on a sodden field to give CD FAS a 2-0 victory over Xelaju on Thursday and the last berth in the Group Stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The result completed a 3-1 aggregate victory and left FAS as the only Salvadoran club remaining, joining Honduras' Olimpia, Mexico's Toluca and the Caribbean champion Puerto Rico Islanders in Group D. The loss also left Municipal as Guatemala's only representative in the tournament.

Bentos scored in the 41st and 77th minutes to avenge last week's 1-1 draw in San Salvador.

A heavy steady rain that started hours before kickoff - and had slowed to a drizzle by game time -- soaked the field at Estadio Mateo Flores, making the playing surface treacherous. Traction was difficult at best with each step splashing water in every direction. Players knocked off their feet slid uncontrollably and balls skidded to a halt in puddles.

Bentos, who drew two hard fouls from Milton Leal in quick succession early - the last of which earned the Xelaju defender a yellow card in the 12th minute, finally was able to get behind the Xelaju defense on a ball out of the back down the left side in the 41st.

The Argentinean forward raced into the penalty area and worked toward the byline, shooting from just outside the goal box and caught goalkeeper Marvin Barrios leaning left with a shot that deflected off the Xelaju netminder's legs and between him and the near post.

Bentos ended Xelaju's hopes with his second goal, running onto a ball over the top at the top of the area, taking one touch into area before sending a low right-footed shot past Barrios into the far-side of the goal.

From the outset, both teams struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities on the saturated turf.

Xelaju had the better of possession, but was relegated to weak shots due to an inability to get solid footing and chances from distance.

It's best effort came in the 19th minute when Israel Silva Matos turned to launch a left-footed shot from the top of the area that FAS goalkeeper Luis Contreras had to go low to his left and push wide.

Conditions only worsened as the game wore on, with players tearing up sod with almost every challenge.

FAS, which began its Apertura league season with a 2-2 draw on Sunday with Vista Hermosa, will open its group schedule at home on August 18 against Toluca.


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