Action from Herediano's 6-1 win over host Valencia FC in a CONCACAF Champions League game on August 8, 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: Louis Yonel)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Herediano scored four goals in the second half to defeat host Valencia FC 6-1 in the CONCACAF Champions League’s Group 3 opener on Thursday at the Stade Sylvio Cator.
The Costa Rican side -- now unbeaten in seven of its last eight games in the competition -- turned in a comprehensive effort.
A tightly contested first half was highlighted by equal levels attacking intent and defensive intensity from both teams.
Herediano, though, struck first, as Ismael Gomez netted in the 39th minute, shooting past the outstretched hand of Valencia goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil.
Five minutes later, Yendrick Ruiz doubled the margin when he collected the ball just outside the area and found the back of the net with a right-footed effort.
Ten minutes after the break, the visitors essentially put the game out of reach. Ruiz served up a brilliant ball for Victor Nuñez to knock home and make the score 3-0.
Valencia continued to fight and Roody Joseph sliced the deficit in the 67th minute with a well-taken shot after receiving the ball alone in the area.
Herediano replied swiftly with its fourth in the 70th minute courtesy of José Sánchez.
Second-half substitute Anllel Porras increased the lead to 5-1 in the 81st minute, while Valencia’s Makendy Duverger put the ball into his own net with six minutes left in regulation to close out the scoring.
It was the most goals Herediano had scored in a Champions League match since it defeated Guyana’s Alpha United 8-0 in a 2011-12 preliminary round game.
Cruz Azul is the next CCL opponent for both teams. The Mexican power will face Herediano on August 22 and Valencia on August 28.