Kemar Foster saves the day as Portmore eliminates AD Santos

By August 09, 2018
Kemar Foster was the hero for Portmore United on Thursday night against AD Santos of Costa Rica. Kemar Foster was the hero for Portmore United on Thursday night against AD Santos of Costa Rica.

Kemar Foster was the hero on Thursday night as Portmore United defeated Costa Rica’s AD Santos 7-6 on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

Santos won the second leg at the National Stadium in Kingston 2-1 in regulation which left score over the two legs tied 3-3 following Portmore United’s win at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on August 1.

But on Santos’ eighth penalty, the Portmore United goalkeeper dove to his left to block Reymond Salas shot and give Portmore a spot in the quarterfinals set for August 21 and 30 against Motagua Football Club from Honduras.

Madrigal Espinoza had earlier kicked Santos’ fifth penalty over the bar that kept Portmore in the contest after Damano Solomon missed Portmore’s third spot-kick that left his side hoping for a miracle.

Foster duly delivered.

In a game that Portmore needed only to draw, the home side wasted a glorious opportunity to widen their lead in the 16th minute when Maalique Foster, put through on goal, scuffed his shot which went wide of advancing goalkeeper Brayan Morales and past the left upright.

They were made to pay for that miss as Ronaldo Dinolis breached the Portmore defence to head home from close range in the 29th minute and put Santos up 1-0.

Santos gained a significant advantage in the 41st minute when Bryan Lopez scored to put the visitors 2-0 up and 3-2 on aggregate but Foster redeemed himself just before the interval when he scored from close range from a scramble inside the box in the 45th minute.

Portmore came close to making it 2-2 seconds after the resumption when Venton Evans’ effort from long range hit the crossbar with Morales flailing.

Foster should have scored his second in the 60th minute when he latched on to a cross but managed to put the ball over the bar from five yards.

With the scores tied at 3-3, it came down to penalties with each team taking eight spot kicks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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