Mena gives Santos the points in the very last minute

Sounders enter quarterfinals of the Mundialito de Clubes despite their 4-3 loss to Santos today.

São Paulo, Brazil - Seattle Sounders have experienced today one situation they are getting familiar with… The one of getting two goals ahead, playing a good match, and being snatched the points by their opponent. Marcelo Mendes’ side unbalanced things during an excellent first quarter, thanks to an amazing overhead kick by Morales and a good shot by Ali Karim. The North American side could keep this distance in the score until the last minute of the second period, when Ricardo raised the 1-2.

After that hit, the Brazilian side managed to turn the score around thanks to the contribution by Kuman and Mena, but Frank counteracted for Seattle to send the game into extra time. Although trying, none of the teams seemed able to drill their opponent’s net once again, and the match seemed destined to be decided from the penalty spot. But, just 12 seconds before the horn, Mena prevented it from happening and gave the paulista side their first two points.

Good news for the North American side are that, despite having not been able to win today, the fact that Santo’s victory came in the extra time (two points instead of three) automatically have put them into quarterfinals. Sporting and Santos will fight for the remaining slot tomorrow.

Goals: 0-1: Morales, min. 6 (1); 0-2: Karim, min. 4 (1); 1-2: Ricardo, min. 0 (2); 2-2: Kuman, min. 10 (3); 3-2: Mena, min. 9 (3); 3-3: Frank, min. 5 (3); 4-3: Mena, min. 0 (et)

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