Arabe Unido tops Don Bosco to remain perfect in SCCL

Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game between host Don Bosco (yellow jersey) and Arabe Unido on August 24, 2016, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: Yonel Louis) 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Amilcar Henriquez scored two goals and visiting Arabe Unido (2W-0D-0L, 6 points) earned a 5-2 win over Don Bosco (0-0-2, 0) in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday at rainy Stade Sylvio Cator.

The Panamanians’ moved three points clear of idle Monterrey (1-0-1, 3) atop the Group D table, while last-place Don Bosco -- in order to avoid early elimination -- needs the three-time champion Rayados to beat Arabe Unido when the sides meet on September 14.

Arabe Unido didn’t fall prey to a letdown after last week’s 3-2 win at three-time champion Monterrey and went ahead 1-0 in the fourth minute. Henriquez’s glancing header off an Edgar Yoel Barcenas left-sided corner kick found the right side of the net.

In the 23rd minute, Henriquez completed his brace. After a short corner kick on the right, Barcenas whipped in a cross towards the left post, which Henriquez superbly side-volleyed home from the edge of the six-yard box with his right foot.

Ten minutes later, Don Bosco caught the visitor napping to halve the deficit. A quickly played free kick from outside the box on the right by Kerlins Georges was rolled into the box for Dumy Fede, who knocked a right-footed shot off goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd and into the net from six yards.

Joseph Cox restored the Expreso Azul’s two-goal lead in the 45th minute, when he headed home simply from eight-yards out off a cross floated from the right side of the box by the influential Barcenas.

Nine minutes after the break, Jose Gonzalez extended Arabe Unido’s lead to 4-1, when from nine yards he delicately chipped over goalkeeper Ronald Elusma following a text book give-and-go with Cox.

Barcenas capped off an outstanding evening in the 61st with a goal in his second straight CCL game. The 22-year-old midfielder simply swept the ball uncontested into net with his left foot from 12 yards off Daniel Ortiz’s square pass from the left side of the box.

Ednel Lucien pulled a goal back in the 88th minute for Don Bosco, which was down to 10 players after Peterson Desrivieres was ejected in the 69th minute.

Arabe Unido can clinch a place in the quarterfinals if it defeats visiting Monterrey on September 14.