SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador finished Group B of League B of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League with authority by topping the Dominican Republic 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador.
The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and League A-bound Cuscatlecos finished the group with a 5W-0D-1L record, while Dominican Republic were third with a 2W-1D-3L record.
Carlos Portillo picked up where he left off from last Saturday’s win over Montserrat, as he gave La Selecta a 1-0 lead in just the 15’ with a fantastic solo effort.
Portillo received a pass down the left flank and after his initial cross deflected high up in the air, he caught the ball right as it was landing and launched a right-footed volley that rippled the net.
The Central Americans were brimming with confidence and Oscar Ceren looked set to double the lead in the 31’, but his shot from point-blank range was well-saved by Dominican Republic GK Miguel Lloyd.
The Dominican Republic looked to climb back into it, but El Salvador would seal the three points in the 87’ with a goal from Pablo Punyed, whose right-footed finish off a cross from the left completed the 2-0 scoreline.