PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Plaza Amador advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League by prevailing over visiting Portmore United on penalty kicks, 5-4, after recording a 1-0 win in the second leg of their Round of 16 series at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Wednesday night.
Portmore had registered a 1-0 home victory in last week’s opening leg.
Plaza goalkeeper Eric Hughes converted the game-winning penalty, after saving Portmore’s first attempt by diving left to thwart Ewan Grandison.
Ernesto Sinclair, Jose Murillo, Algish Dixon and Valentin Pimentel put away their efforts for Panamanian side, while Damion Binns, Stephen Williams, Andre Dyce and Ricardo Morris did the same for the Jamaican club.
Plaza Amador forced penalties through Valentin Pimentel's goal in the 75th minute. A shot by Lid Carabali deflected off Portmore's Michael Binn to Pimentel, who slotted the ball in off his thigh from close range for a 1-1 aggregate tie.
The host endured a frustrating first half as Portmore goalkeeper Shaven Sean Paul was outstanding.
Only 68 seconds into the match, Paul denied Alexis King’s shot from distance. He also blocked a Sinclair header from eight-yards off Amet Ramirez's left-wing cross in the 24th minute.
Paul proved to be mortal on a poor clearance in the 43rd minute, when he punched the ball only yards away from the net before Carabali sent a half volley over the crossbar. Paul picked up where he left off in the first half, as he dove to his right to parry away Dixon's free kick in the 53rd minute.
Plaza plays the winner of the Walter Ferretti-Belmopan Bandits series in the quarterfinals, with first-leg play starting next week.