The Houston Dynamo advanced to the quarterfinals of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with a 2-1 victory over CD Guastatoya Tuesday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston defeated the Guatemalan side 3-1 on aggregate to advance to the quarterfinals of an international competition for the fourth time in club history.
Houston will face Liga MX side Tigres UANL in the quarterfinals of the tournament with the first leg scheduled for 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Inclement weather around the stadium forced a two-hour, 24-minute delay before kickoff.
Guastatoya scored their only goal of the series in the 72nd minute when forward Isaac Acuña found Aaron Navarro inside the box. The forward’s effort took a high bounce off the turf and over Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis.
Manotas secured the series for the Dynamo in the 85th minute off a free kick outside the box. The Colombian’s effort curled over the wall past a lunging Jose Calderon to the top corner of the far post.
Guastatoya defender Wilson Pineda forced the first of four first-half saves from Willis with a shot from outside the box in the third minute. The Dynamo goalkeeper finished the game with eight saves.
Acuña was inches away from the Guatemalan side’s first goal of the series after a giveaway by the Dynamo defense. Luis Martinez collected the bad pass and found the forward near the penalty spot in the 27th minute, but Acuña’s effort hit the cross bar.
Elis entered the match in the 60th minute and three minutes into his shift he won a free kick in the final third. Defender Maynor Figueroa took the free kick but his low, driven shot was just wide of the far post.
The Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday to host Real Salt Lake in Houston’s MLS home opener. Tickets for Tuesday’s match are on sale now, starting at $24, at HoustonDynamo.com or by phone at 713-276-4625 (GOAL).
Houston Dynamo 2-1 CD Guastatoya
Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 – Leg 2
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas
CDG: Aaron Navarro 1 (Isaac Acuña 1) 72
HOU: Mauro Manotas 1 (Alberth Elis 1) 77
HOU: Mauro Manotas 2 (unassisted) 85
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; A.J. DeLaGarza, Kiki Struna, Maynor Figueroa, DaMarcus Beasley ©; Matías Vera, Darwin Cerén, Tommy McNamara ( Oscar Boniek Garcia 79); Ronaldo Peña (Mauro Manotas 69), Marlon Hairston, Romell Quioto (Alberth Elis 60)
Substitutes not used: Tyler Deric, Alejandro Funemayor, Tomás Martínez, Kevin Garcia
Total shots: 8 (Ronaldo Peña and Mauro Manotas tied with 2); Shots on goal: 5 (Mauro Manotas 2); Fouls: 16 (Matias Vera 4); Offside: 1 (Marlon Hairston 1); Corner kicks: 1 (Romell Quioto 1); Saves: 8 (Joe Willis 8)
CD Guastatoya: José Calderón; Omar Dominguez, Carlos Gallardo ©, José Corena, Wilson Pineda, Stefano Cincotta; José Marquez, Jorge Aparicio, Aaron Navarro; Luis Martinez (Cristhian Reyes 85), Isaac Acuña
Substitutes not used:
Total shots: 14 (Wilson Pineda 4); Shots on goal: 6 (Wilson Pineda and Luis Martinez tied with 2); Fo
GUA: Stefano Cincotta (caution; unsporting behavior) 33
GUA: Jorge Aparicio (caution; unsporting behavior) 63
HOU: Ronaldo Peña (caution; unsporting behavior) 66
GUA: Omar Dominguez (caution; unsporting behavior) 84
HOU: Matias Vera (caution; unsporting behavior) 88
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raymundo Feliz (DOM)
Fourth Official: William Anderson (PRI)
Weather: Showers, 60 degrees