Olimpia didn't want to go to Houston on the final match day needing a win to advance to the quarterfinals, but that is exactly the position they find themselves in after losing to FAS 2-1 on Thursday. Alejandro Bentos and Juan Carlos Moscoso scored in the final 12 minutes to bring FAS from behind and earn the Salvadorans their first win in nine Champions League contests.
Houston's lead atop Group 3 remains at three points heading into their October 23rd clash with Olimpia. Considering the Dynamo are unbeaten in 15 matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, that does not bode well for the Hondurans.
The field in San Salvador was nearly unplayable after heavy rain in the city. There were deep puddles everywhere and the ball died anytime someone tried to play it on the ground. That made for an incredibly ugly match, unless muddy players clashing is your style, and even that came after a 15 minute delay at the start of the match due to a power failure caused by the storm.
Javier Portillo finally gave the match life in the 65th minute when was able to get to a deflected ball in the box. He was unmarked and made his chance cost, volleying home to put Olimpia in front.
It looked like that goal would hold up with the way FAS was playing. They couldn't create chances and looked every bit the team that did not win any of their last nine Champions League matches.
But just when FAS looked dead, they found a spark. Edwin Sanchez lofted a high cross into the box that Bentos somehow got to. He nodded the ball past Donis Escober to get the home side level.
It then looked like they would win the match in the 87th minute when Johnny Palacios tripped Gerson Mayen and was whistled for a penalty, but Escober saved Jorge Moran's penalty. The Estadio Oscar Quiteno went silent and again, FAS were seemingly done.
Of course, the weren't. Just like they bounced back earlier, they found another bullet. This time it came on a free kick when Moscoso was unmarked and took a pass off a short free kick to get free before firing past Escober for the winner.