MIAMI, Florida – The 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League is just around the corner, so to get ready for the tournament, Concacaf.com is looking back on the best matches in SCL history.
We begin with the top five matches from the 2017 SCL.
#4: Real Esteli 1-0 Aguila.
There was no shortage of drama when these two sides met in the 2017 SCL Round of 16.
Things started off with a bang in the first leg, as a goal in the 89th minute earned Aguila a 1-0 home win in El Salvador.
A week later they would square off again, this time at Real Esteli’s home ground in Nicaragua.
Needing to pull a goal back to even the series, Real Esteli was aggressive from the start, but the visitors held firm for almost the duration of the affair, with Aguila GK Benji Villalobos making a number of fine saves.
Still, Real Esteli stayed on the hunt and its efforts finally bore fruit just five minutes from full-time.
Carlos Chavarria sent a stinging left-footer toward goal, only to see hit bang off the post. However, Nahum Peralta was there to pounce on the rebound and fire in to even up the tie 1-1.
A penalty shootout was on the docket and with the spotlight on, Villalobos would shine, making two saves on attempts from Chavarria and Gregorio Torres to earn Aguila a 4-3 penalty shootout victory and a berth in the 2017 SCL quarterfinals.