The Grenadian Byron Bonilla scored a penalty at 82′ the historic goal with what nicaraguaa, in his 25th duel in his history against The Saviorwill defeat the Cuscatleco team at the national stadium in Managua.
A very even game on the artificial turf of the National Stadium in Managua, which hosted a huge number of fans who enjoyed a match played by football shown in the midfield by both elevens and where it was confirmed that Nicaragua has sustained tangible progress in its technical work and tactic under the baton of the Chilean Marco Antonio “el Fantasma” Figueroa. The Chilean has impregnated him with a frontal, purposeful football, but always with the present DNA that has characterized pinolero football when trying to take advantage of the chances that his midfielder field generates and where the imprecision of his attackers was at the time of day.
El Salvador showed in Managua, a new team in its lines, except for the work of Mario González who returned to ownership in the national goal, the defense sent by coach Hugo Pérez was unprecedented; with Clavel and Montes on the wings and working with Ronald Gómez Rodríguez and Erick Cabalceta in the central defense, an innovative shield that naturally showed coordination and coverage cracks that got the Alianza goalkeeper into trouble on more than one occasion.
Where the national team failed was in the midfield, where Marvin Hernández Ramos showed his lack of work on Pérez’s tactical idea since he never got along with Joshua Pérez who returned to the national team to try to overflow on the left wing.
On the opposite side, Jairo Henríquez had a hard time plugging in to show his football, which made Cristian Martínez’s job difficult to sustain the local attack that ended up on top of the northern plot of El Salvador.
Ahead, Pérez relied on the speed of Cristian Gil Hurtado and Amando Moreno, who was returning to the national team after his serious injury the previous year.
Jairo Henríquez had warmed up the Fox goalkeeper’s gloves when he received an excellent assist from Joshua Pérez, but Henríquez was caught in a prohibited position.
Nicaragua scared twice in one minute when at 35′ Moncada shot over the Salvadoran goal after goalkeeper Mario González had rejected a poisonous cross from Abner Acuña who was looking for Byron Bonilla, after the Nicaraguan “7” had escaped well on the left wing.
Nicaragua insisted and the midfielder Matías Vélis was close to scoring at 38′ when he had time and space to shoot on goal, but the local attacking midfielder’s shot went wide of the left post of the north goal defended by González.
They were the best moments for Nicaragua against a Cuscatleca defense that showed many doubts when it came to closing spaces on the wings, especially in Rudy Clavel’s sector.
Bonilla wasted at 44′ concluding the local attack with a goal when the Nicaraguan “10” finished off Acuña’s precise cross from the left wing over the Salvadoran goal.
IT COULD NOT
The second half began with five new faces on the field of play, four of them in the Cuscatleco squad who sought to erase the bad face they showed in the first half when they were dominated by the local team.
It was for this reason that Tomás Romero replaced González in the national goal, Harold Osorio entered to debut with the senior team and oxygenated the attack with the debut of Mayer Gil Hurtado and the contribution of Kevin Reyes.
With the departure of Cabalceta, coach Pérez also modified his defense as he placed Reyes on the right flank and put Clavel in the middle along with Gómez Rodríguez.
The changes began to bear fruit, with a more propositional El Salvador on the artificial turf, but Nicaragua did not give up its offensive style and began to generate its involving football, with interesting associations.
The local central defender, Marvin Fletes, missed at 56′ when his header, before a corner cross from Bonilla, went near the left post of Romero’s goal.
After 60 minutes of play, Nicaragua once again took control of the game after five minutes of high pressure from La Selecta and began to subdue the national defense, which had to multiply.
Hugo Pérez also made his debut at 71′ for Juan Carlos Argueta from Goterá, who came to take the place of Cristian Gil Hurtado.
El Salvador gave their second best goal chance at 75′ after Jairo Henríquez escaped down the left flank and tried to cross Argueta through the air, who was closing, but the center-back Téllez sent a header into the corner.
The Costa Rican-Salvadoran, Adán Clímaco, also made his debut in Managua by playing the last 11 minutes of the match, replacing Montes Renderos in the left back.
But a personal move by Byron Bonilla ended in a foul by Gómez Rodríguez inside the area for the Honduran referee Matamoros to signal the penalty spot.
The same “Shark” Bonilla, like ‘Panenka’, beat Tomás Romero at 82′, who even pinched the ball before it entered the south goal but could not get it to make it 1-0 in favor of Nicaragua in a fair way.
Not even the six minutes offered by the Matamoros referee helped the Selecta avoid a historic defeat at the end of its work in 2022.