Marco Tulio Vega (left) scored two goals in Motagua's win over host Honduras Progreso in the Honduran Clausura final, first leg on May 20, 2017, in El Progreso, Honduras.
EL PROGRESO, Honduras – Motagua seized the advantage in the 2017 Honduran Clausura final, earning a 4-1 win over host Honduras Progreso in the first leg on Saturday night at the Estadio Humberto Micheletti.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at the action:
2017 Honduran Clausura Playoffs
Final, First Leg
Saturday -- May 20, 2017
Honduras Progreso 1, Motagua 4
Franklin Morales 25’ / Marco Tulio Vega 31’, 90’+4; Erick Andino 63’; Carlos Discua 69’
Honduras Progreso: Sandro Carcamo; Pastor Martinez, Juan Delgado, Jorge Cardona, Franklin Morales (Henry Martinez 69´), Fredixon Elvir (Pedo Pablo Mencía 61), Jerrel Britto, Jhonny Gomez, Roy Smith, Nixon Duarte, Carlos Sanchez. Head Coach: Wilmer Cruz
Motagua: Jonathan Rougier; Juan Pablo Montes, Marcelo Pereira, Henry Figueroa, Reinieri Mayorquín (Irving Reina 73´), Carlos Discua, Erick Andino (Kevin Lopez 69´), Marco Tulio Vega, Hector Castellanos, Omar Elvir, Felix Crisanto (Wilmer Crisanto 80´). Head Coach: Diego Vazquez
R: Oscar Moncada; AR1: Melvin Cruz; AR2: Jesus Tabora; 4th: Armando Castro
- After Franklin Morales (25’) gave Honduras Progreso a 1-0 lead, Motagua exploded for four unanswered goals, including three in the second half
- Marco Tulio Vega (31’, 90’+4) netted Motagua’s first and last goals, including the equalizer in which he pounced on the ball after Honduras Progreso goalkeeper Sandro Carcamo placed it on the ground not realizing there was an opponent behind him ready to gain possession.
- Erick Andino (63’) struck for what proved to be the game-winner 18 minutes after the break, racing down the left and eluding a defender by cutting into the middle, before firing past Carcamo from 13-yards out.
- Carlos Discua (69’) made it 3-1 slotting home off an assist from the hard-working Vega.
- Motagua will host the second leg on May 28 at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.
- Motagua is unbeaten in 13 consecutive games (8W-5D-0L).
- Honduras Progreso’s home unbeaten streak was snapped at seven matches (5-2-1).