CIUDAD GUATEMALA, Guatemala – Comunicaciones have reached the Scotiabank Concacaf League Final for the first time in history after topping Guastatoya 2-1 in the second leg of their 2021 SCL semifinal series on Tuesday night at the Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala City.
With the result, Comunicaciones secured a 3-1 aggregate victory, becoming the first team from Guatemala to advance to a SCL Final.
Comunicaciones came out strong and were a whisker away from the opening goal in the 19’ when a shot from Oscar Santis struck the crossbar and bounced away.
The breakthrough would have to wait until the 46’ when Juan Anangono scored a massive goal for the Cremas to make it 1-0. A filtered pass from Andres Lezcano into the area found Jose Contreras, who laid a pass back to the charging Anangono and it was a strong finish from the Ecuadorian for the goal.
Guastatoya have a knack for second half surges, though, and they nearly pulled a goal back in the 62’ when a long-range attempt from Nestor Jucup Escobar stung the crossbar.
It was a reprieve warmly welcomed by Comunicaciones, who then promptly doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 63’ when an error from De Lemos allowed Contreras to feed Lezcano, who fired into net for his 2021 SCL-leading fifth goal.
Guastatoya weren’t about to throw in the towel and Luis Angel Landin halved deficit to 2-1 in the 73’ via a volley steered home with his right foot.
Still needing two goals to advance, Guastatoya poured numbers forward, but were kept at bay by a Comunicaciones side that saw things out to punch their Final ticket.