Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021. 9:17 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Verdes had their breaks but couldn’t capitalize and were punished by a 90th-minute goal scored by Denilson Mora which gave the visiting Costa Rican club Santos de Guápiles the 1-0 victory at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan tonight.
The match was the first official competitive game in Belize since the start of the pandemic last year and also the first official game for Verdes.
Blame it on game rust, lack of play, whatever, but the problem keeps being the same. Failure to score when you have your breaks always comes back to haunt you.
Tonight, Verdes had ten shots to Santos’ 11. Three were on target, one hit the woodwork, and six were off target. For Santos, one went in, six were on target and four were off.
The Costa Rica side had 54% possession to Verdes’ 46%.
Santos return home with the edge. One point in the bag and the next game is at the National Stadium in San José on Wednesday, August 18.
Under Spanish coach David Pérez, Verdes lined up its foreign legion: Mexican forward Ronaldo Herrera, Paraguayan forward Junior Vargas, Mexican midfielder Edwin Villeda Bernal, Colombian midfielder Camilo Márquez Fajardo, and Mexican defenders Christian Sánchez and Jorge Sánchez.
The Belizean connection was comprised of Woodrow West in goal, Norman Anderson and Evral Trapp in defense, and Jesse August along with Darrel Myvett in the middle.
Krisean Lopez subbed for Herrera in the 53’, Brazilian Wagner Rodrigues replaced Vargas in the 62’, Jordy Polanco went in for August in the 72’ and Elroy Smith took the place of Jorge Sánchez in the 72’ as well.
Vargas and August received yellow cards.
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