PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Roger Rojas and Michael Chirinos scored two goals apiece as Olimpia took a commanding lead in its 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal, stunning host Plaza Amador, 7-1, in the first leg on Thursday night at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
Both teams played nearly half the match with 10 players after Plaza's Edgar Aparicio and Carlo Costly of Olimpia were red carded for throwing punches in the 42nd minute. Plaza's Algish Dixon was sent off after accruing his second yellow card in the 82nd minute.
It was the highest scoring game in the SCL’s short history.
Costly tallied his fourth goal of the competition in the 12th minute to give the visitor a 1-0 lead, splitting two defenders to head Chirinos' left-wing cross past goalkeeper Eric Hughes from four yards.
The advantage was doubled in the 22nd minute, when Alexander Lopez drilled a 20-yard blast over Hughes' outstretched arms for his first tournament goal.
Five minutes later, Rojas ran onto a through ball and scored his third SCL goal from 15-yards out to make it 3-0.
Plaza pulled one back to 3-1 in the 39th minute. Ervin Zorrilla ripped a six-yard drive at the left post that slipped through the hands goalkeeper Donis Escober.
Chrinos restored Olimpia’s three-goal lead in the 61st minute as his effort deflected off the right foot of Lid Carabali and into the right corner.
Rojas and Chirinos struck for their second goals in the 65th and 68th minutes, respectively, before Jesus Canales’ 81st-minute free kick closed out the scoring.
Olimpia will host Plaza Amador in the second leg on September 21.