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Controversial Honduran arbitration leaves Alajuelense on the brink of elimination vs. Atlanta United

Said Martínez hesitated to expel goalkeeper Brad Guzan, also pointed out a very dubious penalty

A doubtful and doubtful penal to expel the goalkeeper Brad Guzan when the action warranted it, it encloses the controversy in the first meeting of Alajuelense vs. Atlanta United.

The refereeing quartet led by the whistler Said Martínez and with the lines Walter López and Roney Salinas has the Alajuelense Sports League with a goal against which he must navigate in the return match to be held next week in Atlanta.

And is that the whistler Said Martínez He had two controversial actions in the match, at the end of the first half, the Honduran was not sure of whistling a goalkeeper foul Brad Guzan, who came out hastily and raised Marcel Hernández, the referee approached the American and was only going to caution, however, he decided to rectify after the ethical pressure and expelled the experienced goalkeeper.

However, the most controversial action would fall at 49 ‘when the referee Said Martínez would validate a signal from the Roney Salinas line where a penalty action by the defender was whistled José Andrés Salvatierra.

For the whistler, José Andrés Salvatierra He caused a penalty after rejecting the ball with his right arm, however, in the repetition it is noted that the Costa Rican player deflects the ball with his face.

The action brought with it the great execution of Ezequiel Barco who a minute later would put the only goal for the visiting squad that took the victory with that single goal.

Alajuelense will travel to Fifth Third Bank Stadium to face the Atlanta United next Tuesday the return of the quarterfinals, the match is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm, the rojinegros are obliged to score because they received an away goal.

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