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Santos Guápiles defeats Forge in the first leg of the Concacaf League quarterfinal

Santos Guápiles defeats Forge in the first leg of the Concacaf League quarterfinal

The Costa Rican club Santos de Guápiles defeated Canadian Forge 3-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Concacaf League, the second most important tournament at club level in the region.

The Ticos started down on the scoreboard with a goal from Kyle Bekker, at minute 6, but quickly turned it around with goals from Javon East (12), Cristopher Meneses (17) and Brayan López (52).

Throughout the game and beyond goals, Santos was always in control of the game and it rarely seemed that Forge could shake the net a second time.

This meeting was held at the National Stadium in San José, since the stronghold of the Santistas, Ebal Rodríguez, does not have the endorsement to host international duels.

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Santos is a non-traditional team in Costa Rica, but which is currently in second place in the local tournament. In addition, he was a finalist in the first edition of the Concacaf League in 2017. For his part, Forge is third in the championship of his country.

The Santista victory will force the Canadians to triumph by at least two goals difference in the second leg, which will be played on November 2 at the Tim Hortons Stadium in Edmonton.

The other Costa Rican team that is still in the competition is Saprissa, which will play on Thursday (00:00 GMT on Friday) against Comunicaciones de Guatemala.

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This is the fourth edition of the Concacaf League and in the previous three the champion came from Costa Rica.

The four semi-finalists and the two best quarter-final losers will advance to the next edition of the Concacaf Champions League, to be played in the first half of 2022.

Lineups:

Saints: Kevin Ruiz – Juan Diego Madrigal, Pablo Airboine, Everardo Rubio, Cristopher Meneses – Douglas López, Osvaldo Rodríguez (Mauricio Salas, 88), Michael Barquero (Albin Bennet, 65), Brayan López (Alexander Jiménez, 90 + 2) – Luis Paradela (Jossimar Méndez, 65), Javon East (Denilson Mora, 90 + 3). DT: Érick Rodríguez.

Forge: Triston Henry – Dominic Samuel, Jonathan Grant (Paolo Sabak, 74), Daniel Krutzen, Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson – Kyle Bekker, Elimane Cisse (Cristopher Nanco, 73), Kwame Awuah, Joshua Navarro (Woobens Pacius, 62) – David Choinière ( Emery Welshman, 62), Omar Browne. DT: Bobby Smyrniotis. (AFP)

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