Soccer  > General Soccer  > Saprissa overwhelms 10-man Marathon 4-1
August 27, 2010, 10:54 AM
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Saprissa took advantage of a 10-man Marathon side, breaking a close game open by striking three times in the second half for a 4-1 victory in a CONCACAF Champions League Group C match at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on Thursday night.

Jairo Arrieta snapped a 1-1 tie in the 52nd minute. Second-half substitute Josue Martinez added an insurance tally in the 77th minute and Armando Alonso closed out the scoring in the 86th minute.

Marathon was forced to play the entire second half a man down after Randy Diamond was ejected for kicking goalkeeper Fausto Gonzalez in the head a minute into first-half stoppage time.

The win left Saprissa in a second-place tie with Marathon with three points each after two games, three points behind group leader Monterrey of Mexico. The Seattle Sounders FC is last no points.

Saprissa will host Seattle in its next Champions League match on September 14, while Marathon will visit Monterrey.

The Honduran side grabbed the lead against the run of play in the 32nd minute. After a slow start, Saprissa began to dominate the match, forcing goalkeeper Shane Orio to make several saves.

However, Marathon scored a fortunate goal in the 32nd minute when captain Mario Berrios attempted a long-range shot that defender and Saprissa captain Victor Cordero, standing at the top left of the penalty area, tried to deflect out of harm's way. Instead, the ball went into the far right corner past a stunned Gonzalez.

Less than a minute later Saprissa equalized when Alejandro Sequeira headed in a point-blank shot from two yards past Orio.

Marathon suffered a major blow in first-half stoppage time when referee Paul Delgadillo of Mexico issued Diamond a red card for kicking Orio in the head. Gonzalez had fumbled a long shot by a Marathon player while he scrambled to recover the ball, and Diamond raced in recklessly.

Gonzalez was bleeding along the bridge of his nose and needed attention from Saprissa medical officials for several minutes before halftime was called.

He returned to the net at the start of the second half with a small bandage over his nose.

Taking advantage of the extra space, Saprissa broke the 1-1 deadlock in the 52nd minute when Arrieta headed in a right-wing feed from Allan Aleman one bounce into the right corner past Orio.

Martinez, who had replaced Sequeira in the 69th minute, gave the host some insurance nine minutes later. He ran onto a pass and ripped a drive from 12 meters past Orio for a 3-1 advantage.

Saprissa, however, wasn't finished as Alonso headed home a shot from close-range four minutes from time following a corner kick.


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