TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – A very solid run of form in Honduras’ Liga Nacional has Motagua in good shape ahead of its 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final first leg against Herediano of Costa Rica next Thursday, October 25.
On the domestic front, Motagua has put together a five-match unbeaten streak with two wins and three draws, including a 1-0 win over Vida last Wednesday amid heavy rain showers.
Ever since its 1-0 defeat Platense on September 16, Motagua has relied on its strong defensive performances, conceding just three goals while scoring six as part of its surge into second-place in the domestic table with a 7W-4D-3L record and 25 points.
While the pivotal final first leg against Herediano looms, Motagua must first focus on the task at hand, which is a Liga Nacional encounter with city rivals UPNFM.
The Lobos are a familiar foe to Motagua, as the teams already met once in the 2018 Apertura with an Erick Andino goal in the 65’ being the difference in a 1-0 Motagua victory.
Motagua is also dealing with the challenge of a condensed fixtures list. Saturday’s game with UPNFM marks the fourth match in just 11 days for the Catracho outfit, testing the depth of Motagua Head Coach Diego Vazquez’s squad.
However, with FW Rubilio Castillo in fine form with six goals this season, along with his three scores in the 2018 SCL, Motagua will feel confident that another positive result can be attained prior to competing in its first ever Concacaf final.