Olimpia's Carlo Costly (pictured) celebrates after scoring against host Police United in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on September 28, 2016, in Belmopan, Belize. (Photo: Mexsport)
BELMOPAN, Belize – Carlo Costly scored two goals and visiting Olimpia (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) remained in contention for a spot in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over Group E rival Police United (0-0-4, 0) on Thursday at FFB Stadium.
The victory kept the Honduran power in second place, three points behind idle Pachuca (3-0-0, 9), which can claim a place in knockout round with a draw when the sides meet to complete group play on October 19 in Tegucigalpa.
Police United, which lost 11-0 to Pachuca in its previous SCCL outing on September 13, went ahead 1-0 in the sixth minute. John King caught up to a pass played down the right side by Daniel Jimenez, entered the box and snapped off a shot with his left foot from eight-yards out that found the upper-left corner. It was the host’s first-ever SCCL goal.
Four minutes later, an unfazed Olimpia leveled through Costly. The 34-year-old forward ran onto a splendid through ball played into the box by Gerson Rodas and first-timed with his left foot from nine yards.
In the 17th minute, the Lions took a lead that they would never relinquish. From the upper-right corner of Police United’s penalty area, Luis Garrido lofted a ball to the opposite side. Romell Quioto took a touch away from the goal and then turned to uncoil a speculative right-footed effort from 24-yards out that beat diving goalkeeper Keith Allen at the near post.
The advantage was increased to 3-1 in the 36th minute as Olimpia capitalized on a turnover in United’s end. Michael Chirinos gained possession 35 yards from the net and gave the appearance that he was ready to shoot. Instead of firing away, he weighted a pass into the left side of the box for Quioto, who rolled the ball into the six-yard box for Kevin Alvarez to tap home.
Costly completed his brace in the 69th minute. Once again, Quioto was the creator, holding up the ball at the top of the box and drawing in three defenders, before delivering a slight chip to the left for Costly to pound with his left foot past Allen from 10 yards.
Carlos Will Mejia converted from the penalty spot in the third minute of stoppage time to punctuate the scoreline and take Olimpia’s goal haul to nine in its last two SCCL matches, both against Police United.