SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – A second-half penalty kick by Carlos Ruiz helped Municipal register a 1-1 Group 1 draw with Real España in the CONCACAF Champions League at the Estadio Francisco Morazan on Thursday.
The host, which lost 4-1 at Pachuca (1-0-0, 3 points) on August 6, jumped to an 18th minute lead in the all-Central American affair, when Bryan Rochez headed in a corner kick that was flicked on at the near post by Edder Delgado.
Ruiz leveled for Municipal from the penalty spot in the 54th minute after Marlon Pena knocked down Maximiliano Callorda in front of goal. El Pescadito put his shot, which froze Hernandez, inside the right post for his first career CCL goal.
Rony Flores, who came on for Claudio Labariñas in the 14th minute, was a threat as soon as he stepped on the field. Only seconds later, his eight-yard header was parried over the crossbar by goalkeeper Santiago Morandi.
Municipal had two quality scoring chances in the first half. Callorda forced goalkeeper Kevin Hernandez to dive left for a sixth minute save, while Ruiz’s effort from 10 yards in the 36th minute was also thwarted.
With 11 minutes remaining in normal time, Julio Rodriguez nearly put Real España (0-1-1, 1 point) back in front, but his 24-yard free kick glanced off the crossbar.
In the 83rd minute, Municipal’s Kevin Santamaria – despite having time and space – saw his effort from just outside the 18-yard box be saved by Hernandez.
In the group’s next match, Municipal (0-1-0, 1 point) will host group-leading Pachuca on August 27.
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