Soccer  > General Soccer  > Injury time penalty lifts Real Salt Lake
August 19, 2010, 12:03 PM
SANDY, Utah - Alvaro Saborio scored a pair of goals, including the winning penalty in second-half stoppage time, to give Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory over nine-man Arabe Unido in both teams' CONCACAF Champions League Group A opener Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Saborio equalized late in the first half and then converted the winner in the fourth of eight minutes of second-half stoppage time.

Against the run of play, Arabe Unido took a stunning lead in the 13th minute when Armando Cooper was freed into the box, cut inside of and put his shot off the Real Salt Lake defender and past helpless goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Seven minutes after Canadian international Will Johnson served a sublime ball to the back post only to have Jamaican Andy Williams bounce his attempt just over the bar, Arabe Unido nearly doubled its advantage.

However, Mario Sergio Angulo was unable to latch onto Jose Justavino's cross after Rimando came off his line to challenge.

The Panamanians' fortunes started to wane in the 26th minute when Victor Mendieta suffered an apparent hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Publio Rodriguez. Three minutes later, Canadian referee Paul Ward ejected Nahil Carroll for a two-footed tackle on Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman, putting the visitors down a man.

Real Salt Lake nearly tied the game in the 33rd minute, but Arabe Unido goalkeeper Jose Calderon punched away a well-placed free kick by Javier Morales from 26 meters.

Ten minutes later, Morales served another dangerous set piece toward the back post where Saborio beat Calderon to the ball, but flicked a header from the edge of the six-yard box off the post.

In the waning moments of the first half, Real Salt Lake finally equalized as Saborio's downward headed of a perfect service from Chris Wingert beat Calderon.

Saborio continued to be dangerous after halftime, nearly flicking another shot over Calderon on the hour mark, but the ball was cleared from danger before Calderon fell to the turf needing treatment.
Three minutes later, the Costa Rican forward got in behind the Arabe Unido defense, but couldn't tee up the bouncing ball quick enough to get a shot on target.

In the 75th minute, Wingert played a perfect first-time ball to Saborio, who headed just over the bar. Two minutes later, Beckerman found Morales, who quickly turned and fired a shot from 24 meters that sailed high over the net.

Morales quickly took a free kick, finding Fabian Espindola, but the Argentine missed the target from 15 meters in the 83rd minute.

Five minutes later, Beckerman seemed to tally the winning goal for Real Salt Lake, but he was ruled offside when he tapped past Calderon, who was cautioned for time wasting, one of 10 cards issued by Ward in the second half.

The frustrated hosts, though, were finally rewarded when Justavino barreled over Morales in the corner of the 18-yard box, resulting in Saborio's winning penalty kick.

Arabe Unido was reduced to nine men when Andres Santamaria was shown a pair of yellow cards for dissent following the goal.

Real Salt Lake, which shares the early lead with fellow MLS squad Toronto FC in Group A, will play at Estadio Azul on August 25 in its next match, while Arabe Unido will host the Canadians a day earlier.


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