Absolutely shameful… Real Esteli lost 2-1 to América who could not make it into the match and were not even close to a tie thanks to late goals from Angel Malagon and Julian Quinones which Still alive.
The Nicaraguan team tried everything from the start of the match, while the US used an alternate team and tried to impose a semi-slow pace, which resulted in a result before 10 minutes.
Byron Bonilla sent the first warning and it was he who saved the 1-0 lead with a ‘Panenka’ penalty, which occurred after a clear handball by Emilio Lara, a player who is not able to find the compass and experiences one of his worst moments. doing.
Already 1-0 against, the Eagles woke up and began to slowly move down the field, but then there was an unusual failure in Bryan Rodriguez’s cross which was caught by Elian Hernandez and then put into the stands by Zendejas when he There was everything to tie.
Richard Sanchez had another free kick option, but goalkeeper Forvis made a good run around his own goal and dived to keep out the corner kick.
For the second half, Jardine made no changes to his team and very soon he had to pay a heavy price for his stubbornness. Marvin Fletts rose up in the area, anticipated Emilio Lara and placed the ball past Malagon to seal a surprising and unexpected 2–0 win over Aguilas.
Jardín sent forwards like ‘Cabacita’ Rodríguez, Diego Valdés and Álvaro Fidalgo on the field, but they did not get any scoring options until the final minutes.
Although Cabecita let go two clear ones, Quinones did not forgive and gave away after a ‘little gift’ from the Nicaraguan goalkeeper, which gives a lot of life to the Liga MX champion, because now he has to go for a goal. final match.
The return duel will be played next Wednesday, February 14, at the Ciudad de los Deportes Stadium field.