W Connection beat Real Espana 3-2

An early Jose Carlos Diaz double set up a pulsating 3-2 win for Trinidad’s W Connection over Honduras champion CD Real Espana on Wednesday and boosted its chances of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Jose Luis Seabra, who came out of retirement last weekend, appeared as a substitute and scored the winner in the 65th minute.

Having eliminated Real Espana, W Connection improved to second in Group D, behind already qualified Pumas of Mexico.

The final group clash between Pumas and Comunicaciones on Thursday will determine whether Connection will advance as group runner-up.

W Connection made the perfect start at Manny Ramjohn Stadium in the sixth minute when Mexican Diaz, who joined the club just three weeks ago, opened the scoring with a long-range strike. Diaz found space at the top of the box, rounded Marlon Pena and fired a low shot into the bottom right corner beyond goalkeeper Marcelo Macias.

Just two minutes later Diaz doubled his tally when he met a deep cross on the half-volley with the outside of his left foot for a close-range finish.

Douglas Mattoso gave Real Espana a lifeline in first-half stoppage time when he struck a perfectly placed low drive from the edge of the penalty area past Marvin Phillips.

Real Espana equalized in the 57th when an inviting low cross from the right was powered home by Honduras World Cup hero Carlos Pavon at the far post.

But W Connection got the winner in the 65th when 35-year-old veteran defender Seabra chested a cross from fellow substitute Matthew Bartholemew before skewing a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.