HEREDIA, Costa Rica – It was a mixed weekend of results for 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League finalists Herediano and Motagua, who each played their final domestic league matches prior to Thursday’s final first leg.
Herediano suffered its fourth straight defeat with a 1-0 home loss to Perez Zeledon. Jeikel Venegas struck in the 31’ and that was all the visitors would need to claim the three points.
Following the match Herediano officially announced the departure of Paul Cesar Wanchope as Head Coach and the appointment of Sporting Director Jafet Soto as interim boss until a permanent replacement is named.
Despite the tough defeat, Herediano is still very much in the mix for a top-four finish in the Apertura, with an 8W-4D-6L record and 28 points, just one point out of third place.
Motagua enjoyed a strong performance with a 3-1 victory on the road at UPNFM.
Rubilio Castillo (13’), Juan Pablo Montes (66’) and Javier Estupinan (90+3’) found the back of the net for the Hondurans who now sit atop the Liga Nacional table with an 8W-4D-3L record and 28 points.
Motagua is now unbeaten in its last six domestic matches, with three wins and three draws.