El Salvador tops Canada in futsal qualifier


GUATEMALA CITY – Rene Rosales scored all four goals to lead El Salvador past Canada 4-1 on Thursday in the first leg of a qualifying playoff for the final berth in the CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Courtesy of CONCACAF.com (Also features a great Futsal Focus audio piece with Steve Torres)

The two will play again on Friday with the winner on aggregate claiming the last spot in the eight-team CONCACAF finals. The winner will join Group A with host Guatemala, Panama and the United States.

Rosales put El Salvador ahead in the third minute but Alex Elliot replied for Canada nine seconds later. Rosales restored El Salvador’s lead in the 19th minute, and added goals in the 27th and 36th to ensure the victory.

Canada outshot the Salvadorans 37-26 and had 12 corners to the Central Americans’ five.

The match was the third meeting between Canada and El Salvador and the first since 2001 and also the first in a competitive match.

Quick match facts…

* Cuscatlecos earn first CONCACAF futsal qualifying win

* Rene Guillermo Rosales first El Salvador player to score four times in CONCACAF qualifying match

* Alex Elliot scores Canada’s first goal in CONCACAF qualifying since 2004

28.06.2012: Guatemala City, GUATEMALA; Domo Polideportivo
Alex ELLIOT 3′ – Rene Guillermo ROSALES 3′, 19′, 27′, 36′ dp

CAN: 1-Roy Blanche – 8-Robbie Aristodemo, 9-Matthew Rios, 11-Ian Bennett, 13-Alvaro Yaques.
Subs: 2-Bruno Xavier-C, 3-Robert Tice, 4-Daniel Chamale, 5-Jordan Ongaro, 7-Steve DeBlasio, 10-Alex Elliot. Booked: Bennett 18′

SLV: 14-Oscar Alfredo Montano – 5-Renato De Jesus Hernandez, 6-Hector Alex Bernal, 7-Rene Guillermo Morales, 9-Enso Antonio Reyes.
Subs: 2-Carlos Mauricio Rivera, 3-Jonathan Saravia, 8-Jose Isaias Hernandez-C, 10-Victor Manuel Chavez, 11-Asdrubal Kasselly Flores, 12-Wilber Ernesto Galdamez. Booked: none

Statistics: CAN – SLV
Total Shots: 37 – 26
Shots on Target: 18 -14
Saves: 7 – 15
Fouls: 9 – 3
Corners: 12 – 5
Double Penalty: 0/0 – 1/2

R1: Antonio ALVAREZ (CRC)
R2: Francisco RIVERA (MEX)
R3: Geovanny LOPEZ (CRC)
TK: Hector MESEN (CRC)

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