TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Just three days after qualifying for the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final, Motagua and Herediano were both back in action on Sunday and each delivered strong performances in their respective domestic leagues.
Motagua played to a spirited 1-1 draw with Real Espana at the Estadio Morazan in San Pedro Sula.
Real Espana earned an early lead through Darixon Vuelto in the 14’ after some fine combination work with Mario Martinez, but Motagua was able to shake off the fatigue it might have felt from last Thursday’s 2-0 win over Tauro in the SCL semifinals and found an equaliser through Rubilio Castillo’s strong header in the 46’.
The result keeps Motagua firmly ensconced in second place in the Honduran Apertura table with a 6W-2D-3L record and 20 points, just three points behind league leaders Olimpia.
Things went even better for Herediano in Costa Rica’s Apertura, with the Florenses storming back from a late 1-0 deficit to claim a 2-1 home victory over Guadalupe.
The visitors enjoyed a very good start and it was Fabricio Ramirez Montero who handed them a 1-0 lead in the 39’ with a stunning right-footed strike.
Moises Arce then came within inches of making it two for Guadalupe in the second half, but his effort hit the post.
Herediano would take advantage of Guadalupe’s wasteful finishing and pulled level via Randall Azofeifa’s penalty conversion in the 73’ after Jose Guillermo Ortiz had been fouled in the area.
The goal spurred Herediano on to search for the win and six minutes later it came via a header from Mexican Aldo Magana, who scored his first goal for the club to earn the 2-1 victory.
With the victory, Herediano is in third place in the Costa Rican table with a 6W-4D-2L record and 22 points, six behind league leaders Deportivo Saprissa.