Herediano's Yendrick Ruiz (pictured) celebrates after scoring against visiting Plaza Amador in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game on September 15, 2016, in Heredia, Costa Rica. (Photo: Mexsport)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Yendrick Ruiz scored two goals and Herediano earned a 2-0 win over visiting Plaza Amador in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night at the rainy Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.
The Group G result keeps Herediano (1W-1D-1L, 4 points) in second-place behind idle Tigres (2-0-0, 6), while Plaza Amador (0-1-2, 1) has been eliminated from contention with a game still to play.
With both teams needing a win to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive, Herediano dictated possession in the first half as the visitor seemed content to sit deep.
After Elias Aguilar flashed an effort from distance wide, Ruiz did the same in the 22nd minute.
Ruiz, however, found the target in the 35th minute, firing a penalty kick down the middle to make it 1-0, after Plaza Amador defender Luis Mendoza was judged to have handled the ball in the area.
Five minutes into the second half, Ruiz doubled the lead. Defender Allan Miranda ventured down the right side and served a cross into the penalty area, where Aguilar one-timed a shot on goal with his right foot. Goalkeeper Eric Hughes made an initial save, but Ruiz was in the right spot to tap in the rebound for his ninth career SCCL goal.
Play was delayed shortly in the 60th minute due to heavy fog. When the sides returned to the field, Plaza Amador produced its first real chance of the match. Herediano goalkeeper Adrian De Lemos was forced to make a save and then blocked the subsequent effort off the rebound.
Plaza Amador will next host Tigres on September 28, while Herediano will visit the Mexican power on October 18 with a possible spot in the quarterfinals on the line.