Olimpia draws with Plaza Amador, advances to SCL final
Action from Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal, second leg between host Olimpia (white jersey) and Plaza Amador on September 21, 2017, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Olimpia earned a berth in the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League final after rallying for a 1-1 draw with visiting Plaza Amador in the second leg of their semifinal series on Thursday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

The 30-time Honduran champion advanced 8-2 on aggregate and will compete in an international final for the first time since 2000, when it fell to the LA Galaxy (3-2 in a single-game final)  to finish as runner-up in the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.

Plaza Amador kept alive its hopes of a historic comeback in the 20th minute as Marlon Avila rounded goalkeeper Donis Escober in the box and lifted a pass from the left-goal line towards the middle of the box.  An unmarked Jose Murillo kept his composure to first-time a left-footed shot into an empty net to give the Panamanian power a 1-0 lead.

Olimpia leveled in the 81st minute thanks to some slick play from Roger Rojas, who seized sole possession of the top spot on the scoring chart.  The forward took a slick touch to settle a feed from Michael Chirinos, opening up and eluding a defender, before netting just inside the left post with his right foot from 11-yards out.  It was the Rojas' fifth goal of the competition.

Plaza Amador contested the last seven minutes of normal time down a man following Daniel Blanco's ejection for a second yellow card.

Santos de Guapiles or Arabe Unido will be Olimpia’s opponent in the two-legged final next month.  The winner will secure a place in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL).  Olimpia is the only team to appear in all nine previous editions of that competition.

CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador, September 21, 2017.
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador, September 21, 2017.
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador, September 21, 2017.
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador, September 21, 2017.
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador
CD Olimpia vs CD Plaza Amador, September 21, 2017.