(ABOVE) Carlos Chavarria scored the only goal as host Nicaragua defeated Suriname in a World Cup qualifier on June 7, 2015,in Managua.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua scored late in the first half to register a 1-0 win over visiting Suriname in the first leg of their World Cup Qualifying, second-round series on Sunday at the Estadio Nacional.
Carlos Chavarria broke the scoreless stalemate in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. After doing well to get to the right-goal line, Juan Barrera delivered a cross from the edge of the box that deflected off a Surinamese defender. The ball bobbled into the left side, where Chavarria was able to bounce a low, right-footed shot from 10-yards out past screened goalkeeper Obrendo Huiswoud and inside the left post.
The Nicaraguans, who outdistanced Anguilla 8-0 on aggregate in the first round, are now a prefect 3-0-0 in the competition and have yet to concede a goal. They enjoyed a majority of possession throughout the encounter and Chavarria nearly had another in the second half, but Huiswoud dove left to parry the effort away.
The 24-year-old Suriname custodian kept his team in the game later, thwarting a Norfran Lazo attempt that was eventually cleared from danger.
The second leg will be played on June 16 at Andre Kamperveen Stadion in Paramaribo.