Action from the first leg of the Costa Rican Invierno final between Alajuelense and Herediano (yellow) on December 16, 2013, in Alajuela. (Photo courtesy of Herediano)
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Alajuelense and visiting Herediano battled to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Costa Rican Invierno final on Monday at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank.
The evenly matched sides produced a tightly contested encounter that generated few outright scoring opportunities.
Johan Venegas had the best chance of the evening, when his 21st minute effort struck the Herediano crossbar.
After the match, Alajuelense head coach Oscar Ramirez stated that he liked the way his competed and is confident heading into the second leg
“We are going to their stadium to look for the victory that gives us the title,” said Ramirez. “Seeing the effort of the boys, we are capable of looking for the championship.”
Herediano head coach Marvin Solano acknowledged that the Manudos made things complicated for his side.
“[Alajuelense] at home is a very strong team and the type of match they had hindered our play for good stretches,” commented Solano. “But I think the team also had a good match, we have some good scoring options and I think the match was balanced.”
The return leg will be played Sunday at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia.