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.
Continuing with our series, we break down the top five matches from the 2018 SCL.
#3: Perez Zeledon 1-1 FAS
If there was one lesson that could be gleaned from this Round of 16 second leg, it is that every second matters in the SCL.
These two sides waged one of the most competitive and back-and-forth SCL ties ever.
Perez Zeledon of Costa Rica was making its first ever Concacaf tournament appearance against Concacaf stalwarts FAS of El Salvador.
The Ticos were feeling good about their chances of advancing to the quarterfinals after narrowly falling 2-1 in the first leg in San Salvador.
Playing the second leg in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Perez Zeledon would grab the advantage in the tie thanks to a sensational left-footed effort from Anthony Lopez that banked off the post and deflected into net in the 62’.
With the away goal tiebreaker in its favor, Perez Zeledon could play to its liking, while FAS had to throw all numbers forward in hopes of a goal.
FAS left themselves exposed at the back, yet Perez Zeledon was unable to find another goal, and with just seconds remaining in second half stoppage time, FAS would get the miracle it was seeking.
On the last kick of the game, a cross from FAS’s Guillermo Stradella was redirected into the Perez Zeledon net by DF Edder Munguio, earning FAS a 1-1 draw in the match and a 3-2 victory on aggregate in what was one of the most improbable of endings one will ever see in Concacaf tournament history.