CONCACAF Champions League: Saprissa 2 Olimpia 1

Costa Rican club Saprissa booked their place in the last four of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 win over Olimpia.

Saprissa led 1-0 from the first leg at home through Armando Alonso Rodriguez’s goal and it was the midfielder who broke the deadlock in Thursday’s return fixture at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

Defender Gabriel Badilla set up his Costa Rica international teammate Rodriguez, who beat Olimpia goalkeeper Noel Valladares to open the scoring in the 25th minute.

The Honduran hosts levelled seven minutes into the second half when striker Roger Rojas met Wilfredo Barahona’s corner to power the ball home and make it 1-1 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

But Olimpia’s hopes of mounting a comeback were dashed just after the hour mark.

Substitute Luis Cordero – who had only been on the pitch for five minutes after replacing Josue Martenez – struck to make it 2-1 and restore the two-goal aggregate cushion for Saprissa.

They will now meet Real Salt Lake in the last four after the American side defeated Columbus Crew in an all-Major League Soccer quarter-final.

Elsewhere, Monterrey will take on Cruz Azul in all-Mexican semi-final.