PANAMA CITY, Panama – Plaza Amador knows that the hard work is just beginning in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
The Panamanian side reached the semifinals by squeezing past Portmore United in the round of 16 (agg: 1-1, 5:4 pens) and then edging Walter Ferretti in the quarterfinals (agg: 2-1).
Next up is a semifinal series with Olimpia, which is the only team to qualify for all nine Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League editions.
Winger Richard Rodriguez, however, was happy Plaza prevailed over a Walter Ferretti side that offered stiff resistance.
“It was an excellent opponent,” the 22-year-old said. “Thank God we knew how to manage the result and pull out the match. Now it’s time to continue working for the next round. We want to make the final.
Helping pave the way for the Leones was forward Ernesto Sinclair, who -- in the 55th minute – slotted home the game-winning goal off a rebound of Rodriguez’s shot that was initially saved by Ferretti goalkeeper Denis Espinoza
“You have to give thanks to God for today’s match, emphasizing the teammates’ sacrifice,” expressed Sinclair after the game. “It was a proper match. Tougher matches are to come. We will try to improve each day and in the domestic league. We met the objective of qualifying [for the next round].”