SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Olimpia clinched a spot in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) quarterfinals with a 1-0 second-leg win over Alajuelense in the Round of 16 at Estadio Nacional on Tuesday night.
The Honduran side captured the series, 3-0 on aggregate, and will face El Salvador’s Alianza in the quarterfinals, which begin next week.
Despite Alajuelense enjoying the better of play in the opening half, Olimpia scored a vital away goal against the run of play on one of its few chances a minute into stoppage time.
Michael Chirinos beat Seemore Johnson on the left flank. Just as he got to the end line, Chrinos sent a cross to Roger Rojas, who slid the ball home from three-yards out past goalkeeper Adonis Pineda for a 1-0 advantage.
On the other end of the field, Donis Escober was magnificent, blocking Jonathan McDonald's 12-yard shot with both hands in the 28th minute and punching away Jose Luis Cordero's free kick eight minutes later.
In an attempt to give his attack a needed lift with some fresh legs, Alajuelense coach head coach Benito Flores brought on three substitutes at halftime -- Brayan Lopez, Jamille Boatswain and Yuaycell Wright. The personnel move, however, had no impact on the scoreline.
Olimpia achieved something in the SCL that it failed to accomplish in nine Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League appearances, emerge victorious in a two-leg series.