Draw helps Plaza Amador get back on track
Action from the Panamanian Apertura match between Chorrillo FC and Plaza Amador on September 17, 2017, in the El Chorrillo section of Panama City, Panama. (Photo courtesy of Federación Panameña de Fútbol)

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Plaza Amador responded to a 7-1 midweek loss to Olimpia in their 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal opener by rallying to draw Chorrillo FC, 1-1, in the Panamanian Apertura on Sunday at the Estadio Maracana.


Rolando Blackburn gave the Fiebre Amarilla a 1-0 in the 34th minute with his fifth goal of the season, before Yair Renteria leveled with a 61st-minute strike.


Plaza Amador head coach Jair Palacios said the result was a significant step forward for his team in light of last Thursday’s disappointing setback.


“You saw the players with a desire to come back in the match,” Palacios told TVMax after the match.  “You have to get up and little by little brush things off, so that they are calm,because that is psychological trauma for the players.”


With the result, Plaza Amador remained unbeaten (5W-5D-0L, 20 points) through 10 games and kept its spot atop the table by virtue of scoring two goals more than fellow SCL semifinalist Arabe Unido (15-13), which also has 20 points).


The Leones will visit Olimpia on Thursday for the second leg of their SCL final-four series.