ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Alajuelense posted a 1-0 win over visiting Chorrillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday to take over first place in Group 6.
MoneyGram Player of the Match: Ariel Rodriguez (Alajuelense)
Armando Alonso struck for the game’s only goal in the first half, lifting the host to four points. Chorrillo is one behind in second, while defending champion Cruz Azul sits third with only a single point. Each of the three teams have played two of their four games.
The victory was Alajuelense’s first in its last four CCL outings, snapping its longest-ever winless streak in the competition.
In a tightly contested match with few clear-cut opportunities, the Central American rivals kept tight defensively and focused on closing down passing lanes.
The only goal came in the 15th minute. Alvaro Sanchez whipped in a low cross from the left side that diving Chorrillo goalkeeper Junior Torres could not push away. The ball bounced off Alajuelense’s Pablo Gabas and towards the net, where Alonso headed home at the left post for his second goal in as many CCL games.
Chorrillo had a chance to equalize with a minute left in normal time, but Algish Dixon’s powerful header from nine-yards out off a corner kick was blocked by quick-reacting goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.
Group 6 play resumes on September 16, when Cruz Azul welcomes Chorrillo to Mexico City.