CONCACAF Champions League Wrap: Heredia upset Impact
By Football News
Montreal Impact suffered an eventful 1-0 loss to Heredia in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, while Olimpia won.
Charles Cordoba netted an 88th-minute winner for Heredia in the Group Five clash at the Estadio Cementos Progreso.
Cordoba had missed a penalty for the Guatemalans in the first half while the Impact, without stars Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta, had Piscu sent off in the 45th minute and almost hung on for a point.
Heredia move top of the group after playing one game, while Major League Soccer outfit Montreal are second having won their opening encounter.
The hosts should have gone ahead on 20 minutes after winning a penalty, with Enrique Miranda going down theatrically under a Wandrille Lefevre challenge.
But Cordoba blasted his penalty against the crossbar after Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush had dived to his right.
Piscu was perhaps unfortunate to be given his marching orders, shown a straight red card after a clumsy challenge on Cordoba near halfway.
Montreal held on until the 88th minute and sloppy goalkeeping from Bush cost them a point.
Heredia played a short corner which David Espinoza drilled across the face of goal and Bush pushed the cross into the path of Cordoba, who poked home from close range.
At the Estadio Independencia, a 47th-minute goal from Bayron Mendez gave Honduras' Olimpia a 1-0 win over Nicaragua's Real Esteli.
Real Esteli have lost their opening two Group 2 games to be bottom, behind Sporting Kansas City and Olimpia.