First-ever win in Panama leaves Olimpia pleased
Olimpia players (pictured) acknowledge their fans after beating host Plaza Amador in a 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal, first-leg match on September 14, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Israel Zapateiro)

PANAMA CITY, Panama – With a 7-1 win at Plaza Amador on Thursday, not only did Olimpia take a large step toward reaching the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League final, it also made some history.

The victory at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Stadium was the Honduran club’s first-ever triumph in a competitive match on Panamanian soil in three all-time attempts.

In the 2007 Copa Interclubes UNCAF round of 16, Olimpia and San Francisco FC battled to a scoreless draw.  Two years later, the Leones dropped a 1-0 decision to Arabe Unido in the preliminary round of the 2009/10 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.  Both encounters were played in La Chorrera.

Olimpia head coach Carlos Restrepo said of the victory that featured Roger Rojas and Michael Chirinos braces: “I think that we had a lot of clarity at the moment of finishing.  We had strength in all the plays.  I did not expect 7-1.  I leave happy with the result.  It was a bad night for Plaza.  We had analyzed a strong team, with a great coach, but they had a bad night.”

By avoiding a 7-0 loss in the second leg on September 21, Olimpia will advance to the decider against either Arabe Unido or Santos de Guapiles.