Porifiro Lopez points to the sky after scoring in Alajuelense's 1-0 win over Saprissa in their Costa Rican Invierno semifinal on December 8, 2013, at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank in Alajuela, Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of Alajuelense)
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Alajuelense clinched a berth in the Costa Rican Invierno final against Herediano with a 1-0 win over Saprissa on Monday at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank.
Though the two-legged semifinal series ended 1-1 on aggregate, the Manudos progressed due to owning a better position in the regular-season standings.
Porfiro Lopez scored the game-winning goal in the 24th minute off a well-worked set piece. Alejandro Alpizar delivered a free-kick to the edge of the six-yard box that Johan Venegas headed for Lopez to knock in with his left foot in from close range.
The last six Costa Rican titles have been won by either Alajuelense or Herediano. It will be the fourth straight time that they will face off in an Apertura final.
Alajuelense, which will face Panama’s Arabe Unido in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals next years, is scheduled to host the first leg on December 16.