Soccer  > General Soccer  > Olimpia tops Toluca 2-1 to boost CCL chances
September 24, 2010, 12:10 PM
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Olimpia boosted its chances of reaching the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, scoring twice in the first 25 minutes and holding on for a 2-1 victory over Toluca.

The Honduran side improved to seven points and climbed into a virtual tie with Toluca atop Group D with seven points, trailing on head-to-head results. With two rounds remaining, both were two points ahead of the Puerto Rico Islanders and five ahead of CD FAS.

Olimpia will travel to play FAS next week and then finish at home against the Islanders. Toluca will travel to Puerto Rico next week and then conclude at home against FAS.

The victory continued Olimpia's domination at home, having lost only once in 18 games in all competitions dating back to November. Toluca lost for the first time in 11 matches since a season-opening defeat to Pumas in the Mexican Apertura on July 25.

Olimpia led in the 14th minute when Oscar Boniek Garcia ran onto a ball from Danilo Turcios played across the top of the area and volleyed a shot with the outside of his right foot that sailed past Toluca keeper Alfredo Talavera.

The Honduran side continued to pressure Toluca and nearly had a second in the 23rd when Talavera had to dive and knock away with his right hand a shot by Reynaldo Tiguath at the right post.

But Olimpia went ahead in the 25th on a disputed goal when Tiguath split the central defense of Toluca with a ball to Roger Rojas, who ran to the middle of area before hitting a shot that Talavera partially blocked. The ball bounced over Talavera, who raced back to reach across the line and try to scoop the ball out of the goal.

Talavera kept Toluca from falling further behind in the 33rd, blocking Maurico Copete's penalty attempt and follow-up header on the rebound after Antonio Rios tripped Wilfredo Barahona a step inside the penalty area and earned a yellow card as well.

Toluca pulled within a goal in the 40th when Juan Cuevas converted a penalty after Tiguath knocked over Francisco Gamboa to the right of the six-yard box.

A heavy rain that started early in the second half dampened efforts of both sides in the second half with Olimpia denied a goal in the 74th due to offside.

Olimpia wasted an opportunity to seal the victory in the 89th when Talavera came well outside his area to clear a ball, but missed completely. Garcia collected the loose ball but hooked a slow, rolling effort wide right.

Toluca suffered an additional loss after the final whistle when forward Cerda Emmanuel was red-carded for approaching Guatemalan referee Walter Lopez and insulting him.

The game originally was scheduled to be played at Estadio Nacional in Tegucigalpa. But officials were forced to move the match to Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula when high winds on Monday toppled advertising boards and a cement wall ringing the top of the stadium, sending debris to the street below onto cars and killing a taxi driver.


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