Motagua, Honduras Progreso gain advantage in Honduran semis

Motagua's Carlos Discua (left) and Alvaro Romero of Real España battle for the ball during their Honduran Clausura semifinal, first leg on May 11, 2017, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Motagua and Honduras Progreso have the upper hand in the Honduran Clausura semifinals after their first-leg wins on Thursday. takes a look at the action:

2017 Honduran Clausura Playoffs
Semifinals, First Leg
May 11, 2017

Real España 1, Motagua 2
Claudio Nicolas Labariñas Cardozo 10’ / Carlos Discua 14’; Kevin Lopez 87’

- A late Kevin Lopez goal helped visiting Motagua top Real España at the Estadio Francisco Morazan.
- Real España’s Claudio Nicolas Labariñas Cardozo opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a right-footed shot from 10-yards out.
- Carlos Discua answered four minutes later for Motagua, netting on a breakaway after a Real España giveaway off a back pass near the midfield line.
- Just when a 1-1 draw seemed inevitable, the hustling Lopez struck in the 87th minute with his left foot off a neat pass from Marco Tulia Vega.
- Motagua is unbeaten in its last 11 games (7W-4D-0L).
- Real España is winless in six of its last eight matches (2W-1D-5L).
- Motagua will host Real España on Sunday in the second leg at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa.

Honduras Progreso 4, Olimpia 2
Fredixon Elvir 6’, 58’; Jorge Cardona 43’; Carlos Sanchez 67’ / Ever Alvarado 2’, 47’ pen

- Three second half goals powered Honduras Progreso past Olimpia at the Estadio Humberto Micheletti.
- Ever Alvarado gave Olimpia a dream start in the second minute via a left-footed shot, but Fredixon Dixon responded in the sixth minute on a well-struck free kick.
- Jorge Cardona pounced on a loose ball to give Honduras Progreso a 2-1 lead right before halftime, but Alvarado tallied his second from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.
- Elvir then broke the deadlock with a right-footed rocket in the 58th minute, before Carlos Sanchez capped Honduras Progreso’s night with a 67th minute header.
- Honuras Progreso has won its last five home games.
- Olimpia’s winning streak was snapped at three matches.
- Olimpia will host Honduras Progreso on Saturday in the second leg at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa.