Olimpia upsets Montreal to reach historic semifinals

Olimpia are on their way to the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League semifinals for the first time in club history despite a 1-0 defeat to the Montreal Impact in Tuesday’s quarterfinal second leg at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Montreal’s second leg victory resulted in a 2-2 draw on aggregate, with Olimpia owning the away goal tiebreaker thanks to their 2-1 win in Montreal in the first leg.

Olimpia were presented with the first scoring chance in the 14’, as a breakaway led by Marvin Bernardez ended with a cross from the right that was headed wide by Jerry Bengtson.

The Impact continued to increase the pressure and they broke the deadlock in the 57’ with a right-footed strike from Amar Sejdic to take a 1-0 lead in the match, making it 2-2 on aggregate.

Montreal also started to carve out chances of their own and a Luis Binks header required a goal-line clearance from Edwin Rodriguez to prevent a score in the 32’.

The away goal tiebreaker still belonged to Olimpia, however, so Montreal kept their foot on the gas, leading to a curling right-footed shot from Romell Quito in the 63’ that missed just wide.

As the minutes ticked away, Olimpia held onto their advantage as Montreal committed numbers forward in pursuit of the series-winning goal.

In the end, the Olimpia defense would hold firm to secure a result that will forever live in club lore