Antony Lozano (pictured) after scoring the game's only goal in Olimpia's 1-0 CONCACAF Champions League win over Real Esteli on September 24, 2013, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Photo: Joel Perdomo)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Olimpia kept its hopes of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals alive by recording a 1-0 win over Real Esteli on Tuesday night.
Antony Lozano scored in the 67th minute for the Honduran side at Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.
The victory gave the Lions (2-0-1, 6 points) a lifeline entering its final Group 2 match at first-place Sporting Kansas City (2-1-0, 7 points) on October 23. Olimpia needs to defeat the Major League Soccer team, while Kansas City needs only a tie to clinch a spot in next year's knockout round. Esteli (0-1-3, 1 point) was eliminated from the competition earlier.
Nine minutes after replacing Roger Rojas, Olimpia's all-time CCL leading scorer (eight goals), in the 59th minute, Lozano broke a scoreless deadlock. He managed to get a step on his marker down the right flank before firing a shot to the near post past goalkeeper Justo Lorente. It was Lozano's second career CCL goal and his first in nearly three years.
Lozano had two chances to seal the game. In the 89th minute, his point-blank effort only yards from the goal line somehow deflected off the right post. His stoppage-time attempt from atop the penalty area went wide left.
Until Lozano's goal, the game had only but a handful of opportunities for both sides.
In the 40th minute, Olimpia had a goal called back for offside.
After the break, Bayron Mendez launched a shot from outside the penalty area that landed left and, a minute later, Lorente caught a point-blank header and knocked away an attempt from the right flank to keep the game scoreless.
Olimpia, which is one of only two teams to participate in each of the six CCL editions, has allowed one goal or less in 10 of its last 12 home matches in the competition.