Soccer  > General Soccer  > Saprissa subdues 10-man Seattle 2-0
September 15, 2010, 11:30 AM
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - David Guzman and Allan Aleman struck and Fausto Gonzalez saved a second-half penalty kick to lead Deportivo Saprissa to a 2-0 win against 10-man Seattle Sounders FC in a CONCACAF Champions League Group C match Tuesday night.

Saprissa snapped a scoreless draw in the 56th minute as Guzman took Fernando Paniagua's pass, turned into space and fired a low shot inside the far post from 22 meters, much to the delight of El Monstruo Morado's fans.

Two minutes later, Guzman nearly added a second goal as he was played behind the Sounders FC defense. But the Costa Rican's shot inside the 18-yard box was kicked away by Seattle goalkeeper Terry Boss for a corner kick.

Seattle had an excellent chance to equalize in the 67th minute when Saprissa defender Gabriel Badilla tripped Fredy Montero in the box near the end line and Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez pointed to the penalty spot.

Omar Alonso stepped up to take the attempt, but Gonzalez showed why he is known as El Golero Loco, wildly dancing along the line before diving to his right to save the Colombian's shot.

The hosts put the game away on a counterattack eight minutes from full time as Josue Martinez fed an open Aleman and the forward easily tapped the ball past Boss for an insurance marker.

Seattle was reduced to 10 men in the 38th minute when Leonardo Gonzalez, who is from San Jose, was issued a straight red card by Rodriguez for following through with a high kick into Saprissa's Jairo Arrieta thigh.

Up until that moment, the first half was fairly even. Boss came up big in the 15th minute, peddling backward to parry Water Centeno's corner kick over the crossbar. Five minutes later, Centeno put a free kick from 20 meters off the Seattle wall and
his rebound deflected out for another Saprissa corner.

In the 22nd minute, Montero had a quality chance for the visitors as he space off a turnover in the Saprissa defensive third. But Montero rolled his attempt from 25 meters wide of the net.

A minute later, Steve Zakuani split a pair of defenders along the edge of the 18-yard box and his shot deflected off Centeno for a Seattle corner.

In the 26th minute, Zakuani again found some space and teed up a shot, but put his shot well over the net. Unlike the visitors from the United States, Saprissa made the most of one of its chances and came away with all three points.

Seattle, which has lost its first three matches in the group stage, will be heavy underdogs when it travels to Mexico to face group-leading Monterrey next Wednesday while Saprissa, which has six points from three matches and is in second place in Group C, will play at Marathon later that night.


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