Nemeth double helps Sporting Kansas City reach CCL semifinals

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Updated: March 15, 2019

Sporting Kansas City was pushed to the brink in a 3-0 win over Independiente de la Chorrera to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League 4-2 on aggregate on Thursday.

The MLS side came into the match trailing 2-1 after the first leg in Panama and were far away the better team throughout the first half, while failing to find an opening goal.

Graham Zusi came closest in first-half stoppage time, forcing a fine save by Independiente keeper Jose Carlos Guerra from a curling 25-yard free kick as the teams went into half-time tied 0-0.

Sporting was again forcing all the action after the break with Zusi forcing another save from Guerra and then turning Johnny Russell away on the doorstep from the rebound.

The hosts finally found the goal they needed when Krisztian Nemeth redirected a Botond Barath header following a corner past Guerra to get the crucial go ahead goal in the tie.

Roger Espinoza doubled Sporting’s lead soon after, blasting a close-range shot into the roof of the net and Nemeth scored his second before full-time to put the match away for good.

Sporting KC will face Monterrey and Tigres is paired with Santos in the semifinals, with the first legs set for Wednesday, April 3.

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