Yimmi Chará nets hat trick in Timbers’ 5-0 destruction of CD Marathón

by Charlie Folkestad

The Portland Timbers knew they were the better side after their first match against CD Marathón, and and that was certainly validated after the second leg. A 5-0 dismantling of the Hondurans in Providence Park included the first career hat trick for Yimmi Chará, as well as goals from Diego Valeri and Marvin Loría.

Photo via Portland Timbers (used with permission)

Photo via Portland Timbers (used with permission)

Portland head man Gio Savarese stuck with the same starting XI that earned a 2-2 draw a week ago in Honduras. Some (including myself) expected to see Sebastián Blanco and/or Jeremy Ebobisse in the XI or at least on the bench, but they are apparently still out.

In the 18th minute, Dairon Asprilla, who was expected to be replaced by one of the above, tipped the ball over a defender and streaked down the left-hand side. His cross deflected to Diego Valeri at the top of the box, who laid the ball off for Yimmi Chará, who smashed it across the goal into the side netting. 1-0 Timbers.

The match started off very physically, with the Timbers conceding deep free kicks to Marathón. Asprilla committed two early fouls and got a stern warning from referee Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros, while Dario Župarić received a yellow card in the ninth minute.

Asprilla would provide another great cross to Mora in the 14th minute, but the Chilean’s shot rocketed off the goalkeeper. His third successful cross found the back of the net again, and again it was Yimmi Chará reaping the benefits.

Yimmi Chará thought he had scored again ten minutes later, but Valeri was called offside in the buildup. Seconds later, Portland were lucky not to concede as a Marathón player elected to take a touch instead of smacking a looping ball into the net.

Marathón had a flurry of chances late in the half, culminating in a goal-line clearance by Župarić. The hard fouls continued from both teams in the first half, prompting conversations between Cisneros and both head coaches.

Portland shot out of the gates in the second half, creating a few good chances in the first few minutes. Marathón clearly emphasized minimizing the central open space in front of their box at halftime—and they were doing a good job of it—but the other areas were still open, and Portland started poking holes.

Half an hour from full time, Asprilla had a sitter cleared off the line. It seemed as though his luck had run out.

In the 65th minute, Yimmi Chará could have completed his hat trick but couldn’t direct the cross on frame. Two minutes later, Valeri converted a Van Rankin cutback into a beautiful goal, and the Timbers had a nice 5-2 aggregate lead.

Portland’s first substitution came in the 68th minute, as Marvin Loría replaced Felipe Mora. Marathón used their fifth sub moments later. Loría was the victim of an incredible kick-save by Torrez in the 73th minute. Torrez would prevent a Yimmi hat trick minutes later.

In the 78th minute, Yimmi got his hatty. A saved shot from Valeri fell into the path of the younger Chará, who slotted it home for the first hat trick by a Timbers player since Frédéric Piquionne in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.

With five minutes to go, Timbers substitute Blake Bodily scarred viewers with a scathing challenge that was lucky to earn just a yellow.

Loría added the icing on the cake in the 88th minute, snagging a Cristhian Paredes ball over the top and sliding it past Torrez.

Find our match reaction podcast at @doublepostpod later this evening.

As always, RCTID!

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