CONCACAF Champions League Review: Pachuca edges through, Timbers out

The Portland Timbers missed out on a last-eight spot in the CONCACAF Champions League as Pachuca edged through.
Pachuca reached the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals as the Portland Timbers failed to advance.

Liga MX giant Pachuca gave up a lead to draw 4-4 at Olimpia in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday, but it was enough to secure a spot

The draw wrapped up Group E for the Mexicans, who finished on top with 10 points and three clear of Olimpia, which needed a victory.

The lights went out and caused a delay during the clash in Honduras, where Pachuca seemed to be in control before a late comeback. Victor Guzman headed Pachuca into the lead before Romell Quioto canceled that out with a header of his own.

A Franco Jara penalty restored Pachuca’s advantage in rainy conditions, but again the hosts responded, Bryan Johnson heading in a Bayron Mendez free kick.

A 25-yard Jonathan Urretaviscaya free kick and Erick Gutierrez goal seemed to have the visitors in control.

But Olimpia fought back again, Carlo Costly tapping in and Carlos Mejia scoring from the penalty spot, but that was all it could manage.

In Group B, Deportivo Saprissa progressed by a point ahead of Portland after the Timbers could only manage a 1-1 draw at home.

Jack McInerney equalized for Portland in the 57th minute after Rolando Blackburn’s first-half opener, but the Timbers failed to find a winner.

Sporting Kansas City recorded its first win in Group C, beating Central 3-1 on goals from Cameron Porter, Nansel Selbol and Connor Hallisey as both sides were eliminated.

source: goal