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Premier League of Belize: Port Layola hold 2-1 lead over Progresso going into 2nd semifinal in Belize City on Sunday

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2023. 2:14 pm CST.

Port Layola (blue and black) 3-1 over Progresso at Marion Jones Sporting Complex on October 22 – Photo Credit: Progresso FC

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Port Layola only need a draw when they face Progresso in the second and definitive Premier League of Belize’s Opening Season Semifinal at 4:00 m at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City.

Port have a one-goal lead after defeating Progresso 2-1 at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk on Saturday, December 2 in Orange Walk.

Port now only need a draw to advance to the Finals, but may even qualify if they lose 1-0 by virtue of away goals.

The way it stands, a two-goal win qualifies Progresso directly to the Finals. A one-goal win bigger than 2-1 (3-2, 4-3, and so on), qualifies Progresso by virtue of the away goal(s).

A 2-1 win by Progresso forces extra time and possibly penalties.

In the other semifinal, Altitude visit Verdes at the Norman Broaster Stadium with a 1-0 lead.

According to the PLB championship regulations, at the end of both games, the team that has the greater aggregate score advances to the finals. Should both teams have equal points, equal goal difference and equal number of goals scored, the team with the greater number of goals scored away advances to the finals. The PLB said that if both teams also have equal number of away goals, the series will be decided by extra time and penalties if necessary.

Extra time consists of two 15-minute periods. If the score is still tied after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to decide the winning team. The penalty kicks will be 5v5 using the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) kicking order. If the score is still level, penalty kicks will then be 1v1 until a winner is decided.

For the Finals, the team with the better aggregate score wins the championship. In the case of an even aggregate score, the away goals don’t count, and the series goes to extra time and penalties if necessary to determine the champions.


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