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Olimpia’s Rojas stays hot, scores in draw vs. Juticalpa
Roger Rojas (pictured) scored for Olimpia against host Juticalpa in a Honduran Apertura match on September 27, 2017, in Juticalpa, Honduras.

JUTICALPA, Honduras – Roger Rojas scored for the fourth time in his last five games in all competitions, but visiting Olimpia had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Juticalpa in the 2017 Honduran Apertura on Wednesday at the Estadio Juan Ramon Breve.

The Leones, who moved up to fifth place in the standings, held a 2-1 lead until the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, when Hilder Colon swept in with his right foot from seven yards after teammate Ovidio Lanza hit the crossbar.

In his post-match press conference, Olimpia head coach Carlos Restrepo expressed frustration with the result.

“We are not left happy above all because Olimpia played very well,” said the 56-year-old Colombian.  “I liked the effort from the players and then suddenly we make a mistake in the final minutes when we had to manage it and wanted to keep playing. We made a mistake because we gave chances to Juticalpa.”

Elmer Guity put Juticalpa ahead 1-0 in the 11th, but Rojas equalized nine minutes after the break, using the outside of his right foot brilliantly from 10-yards out.

The 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League finalist took a 76th-minute lead as Alexander Lopez hit the back of the net with a free kick from 25 yards that may have taken a slight deflection off the wall.

“In not managing the final minutes we gave Juticalpa the chance to win rebounds and they were able to score on us and find the tying goal,” Restrepo finished.  “I think the analysis is that Olimpia played well, which I like, but that it needed to play like it did in the large parts of the game, not like it did in the end.”

Olimpia returns to action on Sunday against visiting Honduras Progreso.

 
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