PANAMA CITY, Panama – Despite a 1-0 loss to visiting Aguila on Wednesday, Arabe Unido advanced to the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinals, 2-1 on aggregate.
The Expreso Azul will face Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles in a final-four series next month.
Referee Hector Rodriguez issued 10 yellow cards in an intense quarterfinal, second-leg encounter at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The host was reduced to 10 players in the 44th minute, when defender Roberto Chen was ejected after receiving his second caution.
Prior to the Panama international’s expulsion, Aguila took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Off a neat give-and-go with Marvin Ramos, Deris Umanzor delivered a cross from the left that Javier Lezcano headed home from eight-yards out.
Overall, Aguila will have considered itself unlucky on the night, seeing two attempts crash off the woodwork and another pair be blocked on the goal line.
In four all-time tries, Arabe Unido will play in the semifinals of a CONCACAF event for the first time.