Alianza wins again, seals SCL advancement
Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF League match between host Alianza (white jersey) and Platense on August 8, 2017, in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo: Salvador Melendez)
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Rodolfo Zelaya scored his second goal of the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, Alexander Larin added his first and Alianza earned a 2-1 win over visiting Platense on Tuesday to complete a 4-2 aggregate victory in the Round of 16.

Luis Hinestroza set up both goals for the host, which will face either Olimpia or Alajuelense in a two-leg quarterfinal beginning next week.

The 2016 Salvadoran Apertura runner-up is attempting to qualify for its third Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and second in a row after participating in the 2016/17 group stage.

Platense scored through an own-goal at Alianza’s Estadio Cuscutlan, but its first continental tournament appearance since 1998 ended in elimination.

Alianza led 1-0 in the 15th minute after Hinestroza reached a loose ball near the right touchline, beat Luis Palacios around the corner and drove in a low cross with pace.  Zelaya met it in full stride and hammered it in from six-yards out.

Platense received a fortunate equalizer 12 minutes later, when Alianza defender Ruben Marroquin accidentally headed Edgar Alvarez’s cross over his own goalkeeper and into the net.

The guest, however, was only level for four minutes, before Hinestroza created another goal for Alianza, this time spotting Larin on the left for another emphatic finish.

Larin could’ve had a second goal prior to the break after Hinestroza drew a penalty, but Donaldo Morales dove low to his right to make the save.


Oscar Medina came closest to equalizing in the second half for Platense, seeing his header cleared off the line by Jonathan Jimenez in the 48th minute and his low, left-footed strike saved by Victor Garcia in the 60th.

Alianza FC v CD Platense
Alianza FC v CD Platense, 8 August, 2017. (Photos: Salvador Melendez)
Alianza FC v CD Platense
Alianza FC v CD Platense, 8 August, 2017. (Photos: Salvador Melendez)
Alianza FC v CD Platense
Alianza FC v CD Platense, 8 August, 2017. (Photos: Salvador Melendez)
Alianza FC v CD Platense
Alianza FC v CD Platense, 8 August, 2017. (Photos: Salvador Melendez)