TIBAS, Costa Rica – 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League Finalists Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica and Honduran FC Motagua earned mixed results in their respective returns to domestic league action over the weekend.
Three days after their epic comeback win over Olimpia of Honduras in the SCL semifinals, Saprissa returned to the field and earned a 0-0 draw with UCR.
With their place in Costa Rica’s Apertura semifinals already booked, the Monstruo Morado was composed of players who did not play three days prior in the SCL, including 16-year-old Youstin Renteria, who made his club debut.
Nevertheless, starting GK Aaron Cruz remained in goal and delivered a top performance with three excellent saves to register the clean sheet.
At present, Saprissa are second in the Costa Rican table with a record of 11W-4D-5L and 37 points.
After their 4-1 aggregate win over Alianza of El Salvador in the SCL semifinals, Motagua returned to action in the Honduran Apertura and fell 2-0 to Olimpia on a pair of second half goals from Jorge Benguche.
Similar to Saprissa’s decision to rotate their squad, Motagua boss Diego Vazquez opted to rest stalwarts such as Juan Pablo Montes, Matias Galvaliz and Emilio Izaguirre in anticipation of Thursday’s 2019 SCL Final first leg in Costa Rica.