Alajuelense edge Olimpia to reach SCCL final

Alajuelense of Costa Rica advanced to the Final of the Scotiabank Concacaf League for the first time in their history thanks to a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Honduran side Olimpia after a 0-0 draw in the 2020 SCL semifinals on Wednesday night at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Alajuelense will attempt to become the third different team from Costa Rica in three years to win the SCL title, following Herediano in 2019 and Deportivo Saprissa in 2019.

The Ticos enjoyed a good start and MF Adrian Martinez had the game’s first crack at goal in the 2’ with a left-footed shot that stung the crossbar.

Jurguens Montenegro was next to pose danger for the hosts with a crafty move to avoid an Olimpia defender before firing a shot that Olimpia GK Harold Fonseca was able to save.

Olimpia came out strong in the second half and were within inches of breaking the deadlock in the 50’ when an Edwin Rodriguez shot smacked off the post. That was then followed by a Marvin Bernardez effort that sailed wide of the mark.

The intensity increased as the minutes ticked away and Olimpia FW Yustin Arboleda was next to try to break through, but could not find a way past Alajuelense GK Leonel Moreira.

In the end, matters had to be settled from the spot, where Alajuelense were perfect in converting all five attempts to claim the shootout 5-4 and a place in the 2020 SCL Final.