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Marvin Angulo (right) converts from the penalty spot in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match against the visiting Portland Timbers on September 14, 2016, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Mexsport) 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Marvin Angulo converted two penalty kicks and Saprissa (2W-1D-0L, 7 points) earned a 4-2 victory over the Portland Timbers (1-0-1, 3) in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on Wednesday night.

Fabrizio Ronchetti and an own-goal by Jermaine Taylor helped the Monstruo Morado increase its lead atop the Group B table to four points over Portland, which has played one fewer match.

The Timbers can still advance the quarterfinals with wins over El Salvador’s Dragon (September 27, away) and Saprissa (October 19, home) in their final group games.

Diego Valeri put the Timbers ahead 1-0 in the fifth minute. After slotting a pass to toward the inside of the penalty area, the Argentinean ran onto a deflection off a defender and drove a right-footed finish inside the left post.

Saprissa’s response was immediate, with Colindres and Mariano Torres both striking the woodwork before drawing level through an own-goal in the 34th minute.

Colindres fended off a challenge from Steven Taylor and delivered a low cross from the left that took a touch off the back of Ulises Segura’s leg. Then it struck the trailing Taylor and trickled across the goal line beyond stranded goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.

Angulo gave the host a 2-1 lead just prior to halftime on his first spot kick after he baited Ben Zemanski into a foul at the top left corner of the penalty area. It was 3-1 in the 60th minute, when Ronchetti redirected in Torres’ pacey cross.

Portland wouldn’t go quietly as Adi pulled the 2015 MLS champion back within a goal in the 68th minute. With his back to the net, he took Zarek Valentin’s cross, spun a defender and drilled a left-footed blast past goalkeeper Danny Carvajal for the third SCCL goal of his career.

But six minutes later, referee Yadel Martinez pointed to the penalty spot for a second time, with Colindres’ attempt striking Taylor’s left arm.

Much as he did before halftime, Angulo coolly converted the penalty for his third goal of the tournament. 

NOTES:

  • Saprissa has scored 16 goals in its last four SCCL home games
  • Portland fell to 0-0-2 in SCCL matches played in Central America, also falling to Honduras’ Olimpia, 1-3, on October 21, 2014.
 
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