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Atlas comes back from three-goal deficit in first leg to defeat Olimpia and advance to play the Philadelphia Union



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Atlas was facing seemingly insurmountable odds of advancing in Concacaf Champions League after falling behind 4-1 on the road in the first leg against Olimpia. But they climbed the mountain in stunning fashion with a 4-0 win on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals to play the Philadelphia Union.

When the whistle blew on the Union’s 4-0 win over Alianza FC it looked like they would be facing Olimpia the first week of April.

Even a goal from Julian Quiñones in the 38th minute that put Atlas in front going into the break made it still seem like a longshot. But then Ozziel Herrera scored to make it 4-3 on aggregate in the 62nd minute and the comeback was on with only a goal needed to complete the comeback.

That goal came from Alda Rocha in the 77th minute and by virtue of the away goal tiebreaker meant Atlas would go through if they held Olimpia off the board the rest of the way.

Quiñones put the game away with a second in the second minute of stoppage time.

The dates and times for the quarterfinals haven’t been confirmed but the Union will host the first leg at Subaru Park between April 4-6 before heading to Guadalajara, Mexico for the second leg between April 11-13.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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