One Central American club will advance to the semifinals of CONCACAF's club competition.The final CONCACAF Champions league semifinalist will be decided when Panama's Arabe Unido welcomes Costa Rican giants Alajuelense for the second leg of their quarterfinal.
The first leg produced a good match but ended in a scoreless draw, with Liga left to regret not taking advantage of their home leg. Oscar Ramirez's men will still feel they have a chance to move on with away goals being one of the tiebreakers. It should be easier for the visitors with Arabe Unido's Dominican goalkeeper suspended from yellow card accumulation. The hosts will also be without the services of Abdiel Macea, a defensive midfielder, who also is suspended because of bookings.
For the Costa Rican side, Ronald Matarrita will miss after coming out of the first leg, and Juan Gabriel Guzman and Johnny Acosta are still injury absences.
Both teams have played once since their encounter early last week, and neither came away with a victory. Arabe Unido mustered another scoreless draw, this time with Plaza Amador, which sits a place about it in the table. Alajuelense conceded three goals to Limon in the first half and another early in the second before finally mounting a bit of a comeback to lose 4-2.
The field at Estadio Rommel Fernandez is said to be somewhat dry after a particular harsh dry season in Panama, but the visiting Costa Ricans told local press that they would simply need to pick the right boots to avoid issues.
The winner of Thursday's tie will face Toluca in the semifinal.