Honduran club Marathon defeated Mexico’s UNAM Pumas 2-0 on
Wednesday in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League
In the other quarterfinal first leg, Comunicaciones of
Guatemala secured a 1-1 home draw against Mexico’s Pachuca.
Marathon forward Walter Martinez scored a 17th minute
penalty, and Carlos Will Mejia also scored from the spot in the
Pumas, winners of three straight games in Mexico’s Clausura
tournament, rested five regulars starters ahead of their match
against league-leading Guadalajara Chivas this weekend.
In Guatemala City, Paul Aguilar gave Pachuca a 1-0 lead in
the opening minute before Comunicaciones’ Rolando Fonseca equalized
in the 72nd. A draw was an improvement for Pachuca, which has lost
its past two league matches by identical 3-0 scores.
In another quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday, Columbus Crew
was held 2-2 by Mexico’s Toluca. On Thursday, Mexico’s Cruz Azul
plays at Arabe Unido in Panama.