Herediano tops Motagua to take step toward SCL title
Jimmy Marín of Herediano fight for the possession against Motagua´s players Denil Maldonado and Henry Figueroa, had an outstanding performance in the first leg of the Concacaf Scotiabank final at the Eladio Rosabal Cordero stadium in Heredia, Costa Rica on October 25, 2018.
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HEREDIA, Costa Rica Herediano took a big step toward qualifying for its ninth Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Motagua in the first leg of the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final on Thursday night at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia, Costa Rica.

A brilliant bit of playmaking from Jose Guillermo Ortiz set up Herediano’s opening goal in the 24’, as he split a pair of Motagua defenders with a clever backheel into the path of Jimmy Marin, who rounded Motagua GK Jonathan Rougier and slotted home for the 1-0 lead.

The pressure kept coming from Herediano into the second half and in the 62’ the Ticos would double their advantage. A weak clearance from the Motagua defense on the left edge of the area eventually allowed Marin to swing a cross over to Allan Cruz, who fired in from close-range to make it 2-0.

Hoping to draw on its experience from the semifinal first leg against Tauro when it faced a 2-0 second half deficit in the first leg, Motagua sought a response and nearly got a precious away goal in the 70’ through Kevin Lopez, but Herediano GK Leonel Moreira stood tall and made a critical save.

The Herediano defense held the line the rest of the way, securing the clean sheet victory and giving the Ticos a healthy advantage going into next Thursday’s second leg in Honduras.

CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.
CS Herediano v FC Motagua
CS Herediano v FC Motagua, October 25, 2018.