CONCACAF Champions League Wrap: Comunicaciones break through for first win
By Football News
Comunicaciones have claimed their first win of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage with a 3-0 thumping of Caledonia AIA.
Paolo Suarez notched a hat-trick for the Guatemalan club when he scored his third goal in second-half stoppage time at Caledonia's Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The win on Thursday took Comunicaciones to three points from two games in Group 6, while Caledonia remain point-less.
Comunicaciones trail Mexican club Toluca by three points.
Suarez put Comunicaciones ahead in the 10th minute when he cut in from the left wing and thrashed his shot past Caledonia's goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel.
Caledonia's Jamal Gay missed a huge chance at an equaliser before half-time when he headed wide and the visitors did the same three minutes after the break when Jonathan Marquez failed to convert from the spot.
But Suarez ensured Marquez's miss was not critical when he claimed his second goal with a long-range strike just after the hour mark.
The Uruguayan striker scored his third when Samuel injured himself while taking a goal kick, which allowed Suarez to poke the ball into an empty net from the edge of the area.
In the day's other clash, Costa Rica's Alajuelense defeated America 1-0 to draw level with the Mexican side in Group 4.
An 83rd-minute penalty from Alvaro Sanchez gave Alajuelense victory on their home soil.
Alajuelense rose to three points to sit alongside America and Sporting San Miguelito of Panama with all three clubs having one win and one loss.