Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah was on the score sheet for Columbus Crew in their heavy away win over Real Esteli in the CONCACAF Champions League on Friday morning.
Columbus Crew picked up a convincing victory to start their Concacaf Champions League campaign, beating Nicaraguan side Real Esteli 4-0 Thursday at Estadio Nacional de Futbol in Managua.
Both sides had their chances to start the game, but the Crew took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to a goal from Gyasi Zardes. Esteli's Oscar Acevedo won the ball in the penalty area, but a heavy touch meant Zardes could regain possession for his side and score from close range.
From there, the 2020 MLS Cup champs were on a roll. They doubled the lead just six minutes later through a corner kick. Lucas Zelarayan swung the ball into the box, and though Jonathan Mensah could not get a clean touch on it, it he did enough to direct the ball into the back of the net.
Zardes secured his brace in the 33rd minute, giving his side a 3-0 lead.
The Crew wrapped up the first half by earning a penalty after an Esteli player was called for a handball. Pedro Santos converted the penalty in stoppage time.
Mensah captained the MLS club as he enjoyed the entire duration of the game with a splendid performance.
He has been a key performer for Columbus Crew for the past three seasons.
Below is the video of the goal