• Thursday Oct 24, 2013

    Three second-half goals lift Firpo past Victoria

    Luis Angel Firpo's Nahun Galdamez attempts a shot during a CONCACAF Champions League game against host Victoria on October 23, 2013, in La Ceiba, Honduras. (Photo: Roberto Zelaya)

     

    LA CEIBA, Honduras – Anel Canales scored two goals and Luis Angel Firpo defeated host Victoria 4-1 in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday at the Esatdio Ceibeño.

     The game posed no bearing on determining the quarterfinal berth from Group 7, since Club Tijuana (3-1-0, 7 points) had already sealed first place.  Firpo (2-1-1, 7 points), though, finished as runner-up, while Victoria lost each of its four outings.

    Following some near misses, the visitors took a 1-0 lead just before half-time.  Marlon Martinez was taken down in the box and Moises Xavier Garcia converted the ensuing penalty kick for his first-ever CCL goal.

    Victoria equalized in the 50th minute through 15-year-old Darixon Vuelto, who is believed to be the youngest player to score in the competition’s history.  The forward took a touch around a defender on the left side of the Firpo box after receiving a cross from Ozzie Bodden and tucked home at the right post. 

    Canales broke the deadlock in the 67th minute, tapping in unmarked at the left post off a corner kick that was backheaded into empty space.

    The former Isidro Metapan striker completed his brace 14 minutes later.  Once again, the 35-year-old was open on the left and all he had to do was beat goalkeeper John Bodden from 14 yards. It was Canales’ fourth career CCL tally.

    Medardo Guevara netted an insurance goal with three minutes left in regulation time, firing from the edge of the 18-yard box after sprinting through the center of the Victoria defense.

    Though Firpo is unbeaten in nine of its 12 all-time CCL games (4-5-3), it has never advanced past the Group Stage.

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