Real Salt Lake needed a victory on Tuesday night in Panama to keep their hopes of winning their CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive, and they needed 93 minutes to deliver that victory.
RSL forward Alvaro Saborio drew a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time and converted the spot kick to give Real Salt Lake a 1-0 victory over Tauro FC in Champions League group play in Panama.
The victory keeps Real Salt Lake in range of Herediano for the top spot in their Champions League group. Herediano will take on Tauro FC on Sept. 25th before traveling to Rio Tinto Stadium on Oct. 23rd for the match that will ultimately decide the winner of the group, which earns a place in the Champions League quarterfinals.
RSL played without captain Kyle Beckerman, who was serving a suspension for a red card in the team's previous meeting with Tauro FC, and they struggled to put a goal on the board. Tauro FC nearly find a late winner, but squandered some quality late chances, which left the door open for Saborio to draw the winning penalty.
Saborio drew a yellow card in the match that will keep him out of the decisive rematch vs. Herediano.
What did you think of tonight's match? See RSL still winning the group, or do you think Herediano will record a blowout of Tauro late this month and put the group out of reach?
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