Group D action concludes
By: BoriQa | October 31st, 2008
Tied with 8 overall points, the Puerto Rico Islanders officially finished in 2nd place of Group D in the CONCACAF Champions League, on account of their 2-1 win over the Tauro FC from Panama at home in the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón. The teams also tied 2-2 in their 2nd match in the group schedule at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City.
Mexican Santos Laguna and Municipal from Guatemala tied 4-4 in the last match of the group on Thursday October 30th. With the tie Municipal ended in last place for the group with 6 points, and was unable to cause a triple-tie with the Islanders and Tauro for 2nd place. Had Municipal defeated the Mexicans, and forced the triple-tie, the Islanders would have still won the tie-breaker on account of their lead of 4 away goals among the three teams. Tauro and Municipal had 3 & 2 away goals respectively.
A total of 21,112 fans assisted to the Islanders three CONCACAF Champions League games at home in Bayamón. The 10,112 fans that witnessed the 3-1 win over Santos Laguna on September 23rd was the largest crowd for the Islanders at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium this year. 3,500 fans were present to the 2-1 win over Tauro FC on September 16th; and 7,500 fans were at the 1-0 loss to Municipal in the final home game of the year for the Islanders.
The Islanders will now have to wait for the quarter finals draw on December 10th to find out who will be their opponent in the next round in March 2009. The three potencial opponents include the Mexican teams Atlante FC or Pumas UNAM; and the winner of the last match in Group A between CD Marathon from Honduras and Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica on November 5th.