Action from the Costa Rican Verano Quadrangular match between visiting Limon (white jersey) and Saprissa on May 7, 2017, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Herediano took a big step forward in its quest to finish first in the 2017 Costa Rican Verano Quadrangular, but hope remains alive for Limon, defending champion Saprissa and Santos.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at Sunday’s action:
2017 Costa Rica Verano Quadrangular
May 7, 2017
Santos 1, Herediano 2
Kenny Cunningham 90’ / Elias Aguilar 27’; Heyreel Saravia 37’
- Herediano struck twice in the first half to claim a big three points at the Estadio Ebal Rodriguez in Guapiles. Elias Aguilar slipped a 27th-minute free kick under the Santos wall, while Heyreel Saravia scored what would be the game-winner in the 37th minute by powering in a loose ball.
- Kenny Cunningham scored the lone Santos goal via a 90th-minute header.
- Herediano sits first in the Quadrangular with eight points, three points ahead of second-place Santos.
- Both teams ended the match short-handed. Santos finished with eight men after expulsions to Jesus Camacho, Edder Solorzano and Wilmer Azofeifa. Herediano lost Jose Sanchez to a sending off.
Saprissa 4, Limon 1
Fabrizio Ronchetti 5’, 15’ pen; Daniel Colindres 22’; Julio Cascante 56 / Yuaycell Wright 80’
- Three goals in the first half hour, including a Fabrizio Ronchetti brace, lifted Saprissa over Limon on at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.
- Ronchetti redirected in an early free kick, before converting a penalty to give Saprissa a 2-0 lead.
- The advantage bulged to 4-0 thanks to a strong Daniel Colindres right-footer and Julio Cascante’s header off a corner kick.
- Limon’s lone goal came in the 80th minute, when Yuaycell Wright took advantage of a loose ball in the Saprissa area and swept in a right-footed shot.
- Saprissa is third in the Qudrangular table with five points, while Limon is fourth on three.
Costa Rica – 2017 Verano Quadrangular Table
1.- Herediano 4-2-2-0-6-4-8
2.- Santos 4-1-2-1-6-4-5
3.- Saprissa 4-1-2-1-9-10-5
4.- Limon 4-1-0-3-7-10-3