Portland dominates Marathon

Yimmi Chara scored a hat trick to send the Portland Timbers to a 5-0 victory over Marathon of Honduras in the second leg of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16.

This victory earned Portland a 7-2 win on aggregate and a place in the SCCL quarterfinals for the first time in the clubs history.

Portland had a solid start and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 19’ when Chara finished off a counterattack with a strong right-footed finish.

A trait that Marathon had in the first leg was answering Portland’s goals and Brayan Castillo nearly did just that two minutes later, but sent a right-footed shot wide.

Back came the Timbers and Felipe Mora looked set to double the lead in the 34’, but a sensational save from Marathon GK Denovan Torres kept it a one-goal affair. 

Two minutes later, though, there was nothing Torres could do to stop Chara from notching his second of the night, as the Colombian swept in a left-footed shot to make it 2-0.

Marathon hung tough, though, and in the final minutes of the half the visitors had two good chances to pull back, including a shot that had to be cleared off the goal-line by Portland DF Dario Zuparic.

Portland continued with the pressure in the second half and their persistence would pay off with an excellent right-footed shot from Diego Valeri in the 66’ to stretch the advantage to 3-0.

The Timbers were keen to add on some late insurance and Chara completed his hat trick in the 79’ to make it 4-0, before Marvin Loria rounded out the 5-0 scoreline with a goal in the 89’.