Late surge earns Forge dramatic draw with Motagua
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Joshua Navarro (left) of Forge FC challenges for the ball with Marcelo Santos of FC Motagua in the first leg of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf League semifinals on November 24 2021, at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.

Late surge earns Forge dramatic draw with Motagua

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HAMILTON, Ontario. – Forge FC of Canada rallied from a late two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Honduran side Motagua in the first leg of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf League semifinals on Wednesday night at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.

It was a tight opening half between the two teams, with some early pressure from Tristan Borges and Joshua Navarro accounting for Forge’s best looks of the first 45 minutes, while a probing shot from distance for Motagua tested the nerves of Forge GK Triston Henry.

There would be a goal before halftime and it was no surprise to see Motagua stalwart Kevin Lopez doing the damage by controlling a deflected cross in the area and firing into net for a 1-0 Motagua lead in the 43’.

 

 

Forge looked to respond in the second half and Navarro was inches away from equalizing in the 51’ when he took a pass from Borges and fired off the post. 

The home side would end up ruing that close call, as Marcelo Pereira made it a 2-0 affair in the 64’ with a header off a free kick.

Forge kept plugging away though and they were handsomely rewarded in the 83’ when Navarro made it 2-1 with a header.

Just when it looked like Motagua would come away with the victory, Kwame Awuah turned in a rebound in the 90+4’ to give Forge the dramatic 2-2 draw.

 

 

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