Action from from the CONCACAF Champions League game between Isidro Metapan and Cartagines (blue) on August 9, 2013, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo: Salvador Melendez)
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CARTAGO, Costa Rica -- Tuesday night's Group 8 encounter between host Cartagines and Isidro Metapan is expected to be a battle of survival.
Both teams need a victory and three points at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose to remain in position to book a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League’s knockout phase as they battle the LA Galaxy for the that berth.
LA sits atop the group (1-0-0, 3 points) on goal difference, followed by Cartagines (1-0-1, 3 points) and Metapan (0-0-1, 0 points).
The Costa Rican club started out well, winning at Metapan, 4-2, on August 9, thanks to a three-goal performance from Pablo Herrera. Last week, however, it suffered a 2-0 setback to the Galaxy in another road contest.
In domestic action on Sunday, visiting Cartagines managed a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. Paolo Jimenez’s first goal of the season knotted the game in the 75th minute after the Blues fell behind near the end of the first half.
Metapan and Cartagines remain undefeated in their respective leagues, but have only three wins between them in eight combined games.
Three matches into the Torneo Invierno, Cartagines finds itself at 1-2-0, but in a tie for sixth place with Santos de Guapiles in the 12-team league.
Isidro Metapan is even with FAS for third in the Salvadoran first division on the strength of its 2-3-0 record (both sides are behind slightly behind Atletico Marte on goal difference). Since losing to Cartagines, it has forged a four-game unbeaten streak.
On Saturday, Metapan – the only team besides Honduras’ Olimpia to qualify for each of the Champions League’s six editions -- edged host Dragon, 2-1. Nicolas Muñoz, who has scored seven of Metapan’s last nine Champions League goals, netted twice in a winning effort.