TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The penultimate ticket to the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League will be punched on Thursday night when Motagua of Honduras hosts Costa Rican side Herediano in the second leg of the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final.
There will be no shortage of drama when the two sides take the field at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa, with Motagua looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit on aggregate.
Motagua like to flex its goal-scoring muscles when playing in front of its home fans, with seven goals scored in three home matches in the 2018 SCL.
Not only will the Catracho club feel buoyed by its strong attack and a boisterous fan base, but Herediano’s defensive record in the 2018 SCL also suggests that a comeback could be in the works.
The Ticos have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home in the 2018 SCL, conceding five away goals in total.
Yet Herediano delivered an excellent defensive performance in last Thursday’s first leg in Heredia and then followed that up with another clean sheet at Carmelita in the Costa Rican Apertura last Sunday.
It appears that whatever was plaguing Herediano during its four-match losing streak in domestic play has been cured thanks to a return to the friendly confines of Concacaf play.
Should Herediano either win, draw or lose by just one goal, the Florenses will reach the SCCL for a ninth time, tops among all Costa Rican clubs.
As for Motagua, a victory by a margin of three goals would see the Honduras qualify for its fifth SCCL.