Thursday, April 19, 2012

Laos 3, El Salvador 2 - 2012 QFinals

Laos scored five minutes into the game when Matt Leung got the last foot on a semi-scramble in the El Salvador box that ES couldn't clear. That was about the only thing Laos could do right in the first half as El Salvador controlled the play and overall possession and Laos barely touched the ball. With 11 minutes left in the half ES got a free kick at the top of the box. The shot was a beauty, but EJ was perfectly positioned and headed the ball off of the goal line. With three minutes remaining in the half, Ronnie Torres beat his man in the box and was taken down and Jerson stepped up to take the PK. Evan didn't have a chance and it was 1-1 at half.
The second half was much more even and with 10 minutes left Laos took the lead when Bryan Murrell ripped a free kick hard and just off the ground from 30 yards out. Great strike. El Salvador tied it up with four minutes left when Adam Rolfe did what Adam Rolfe can do. He received the ball in the Laos box with his back to the goal. Evan came out to challenge, Rolfe made a sweet fake with his left foot, then somehow managed to backheel the ball underneath Evan and into the Laos net. It looked like overtime for sure but Laos wouldn't be denied. With less than two minutes to go, Murrell put a nice cross into the box and Boun made a fantastic athletic header that just got by the ES keeper. El Salvador had two scramble chances in the final minute but couldn't put either one in.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i disagree with ES controlling the play, I would say towards the end they did control some of the play, but it was a good game to watch

Anonymous said...

BYE BYE ES... bye bye gay riggs