A late comeback gave FC Dallas a valuable Champions League point as they fought back against Nicaraguan club Real Esteli on Wednesday night. After conceding early, Dallas did well and managed a 1-1 draw in the match to go top of the group.
Just four minutes in to the match, FC Dallas gave away a free-kick just inside from the corner flag. That allowed Emilio Lopez to send in a curling ball, perfectly finding Elvis Figueroa who easily headed it home, looping it over the keeper for the opener.
But FC Dallas quickly fought back and just two minutes later they also earned a free-kick just inside from the corner flag. Mauro Rosales sent the ball to the far post, which allowed Atiba Harris to powerfully head the ball home for a 1-1 draw.
After that frantic start the two teams started to settle down and battle in to a tight match, without the fireworks. The remainder of the half was fought out in midfield and the two teams could not create clear chances and went to the break level at one.
The second half started in much the same way as the first as FC Dallas again gave away a free-kick in a dangerous position early. Luis Copete looked to shoot directly on to goal, but his effort went very high and over the bar.
FC Dallas had their first opportunity of the half came in the 61st minute when Tesho Akindele was able to head the ball for Getterson. That played Getterson through on goal, but Getterson’s attempted first-touch chipped volley which went just over the bar.
It should have been 2-1 for FC Dallas in the 79th minute when FC Dallas’ Carlos Lizarzo and Akindele were able to team up and play in Dallas striker Michael Barrios. Barrios got the ball from Akindele’s cross, but Real Esteli goalkeeper Justo Lorente came across quickly and made the save to keep the point and the 1-1 draw which held to the final whistle.