Saprissa's Kendall Waston (left) strikes the ball while under pressure from Jerry Palacios of Alajuelense during their Costa Rican Verano game on April 10, 2014. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
The regular-season in Honduras came to a close, while Saprissa topped Alajuelense in Costa Rica’s “Clasico.” CONCACAF.com recaps all of the weekend action across the Central American region.
After victories on Sunday, Olimpia (32 points) and Real Sociedad (31 points) finished the regular season in first and second, respectively, to earn first-round byes in the playoffs. Olimpia posted a 2-0 win over Deportes Savio (12 points), while the Realeza defeated Victoria, 4-0, on the strength of Jose Tobias’ two-goal performance.
The opening round pairings are: Real España (30 points)-Victoria (23 points) and Motagua (29 points)- Marathon (24 points).
Savio finished in last place and was relegated to the second division.
Other results: Parrillas One 1-2 Motagua, Vida 2-0 Marathon, Real España 0-0 Platense
Saprissa (42 points) increased its lead atop the Verano table to eight points thanks to its 3-1 win over Alajuelense (32 points) and second-place Herediano’s 2-0 loss at UCR (29 points). Kendall Waston (36’), Carlos Saucedo (77’ pen) and Adolfo Machado (90’) netted goals for the Monstruo Morado, which extended its unbeaten streak to 18 consecutive games.
In its victory, UCR got a goal from Lucas Gomez, who now shares the league lead in that category with Jonathan Moya (Uruguay) and Víctor Núñez (Herediano) at nine each.
Other results: Carmelita 2-0 Puntarenas, Cartagines 1-2 Belen Siglo XXI, Limon 3-0 Uruguay, Perez Zeledon 3-1 Santos de Guápiles
FAS (29 points) extended its lead at the summit of the Clausura table with a 1-0 win over Aguila (18 points). Alexander Larin (36’) scored the only goal in the first half, snapping Tigres’ two-match winless streak.
Second-place Isidro Metapan (26 points) lost some ground after drawing 2-2 at Atletico Marte (15 points). The Jaguares rallied to salvage a point, coming back from a two-goal deficit on strikes from Marvin Monterrosa (72’) and Nicolas Muñoz (87’).
Juventud Independiente (24 points) defeated Santa Tecla (16 points), 1-0, for its third straight win.
Other results: Luis Angel Firpo 1-2 Alianza, Dragon 2-2 UES
The rollercoaster season continued as Xelaju (31 points) jumped into first-place with a 4-0 victory over Heredia (27 points). Former Pachuca star Ulises Mendivil scored twice in the win.
Universidad de San Carlos (30 points), which has regularly occupied the top spot, dropped a 2-0 decision at Comunicaciones (30 points). After a scoreless first half, Dagoberto Arriola (55’) and Minor Lopez (83’) struck for the Cremas.
Other results: Mictlan 1-1 Iztapa, Coatepeque 3-0 Marquense, Malacateco 1-0 Suchitepequez, Halcones 1-1 Municipal
Host Arabe Unido (27 points) rallied for a 1-1 draw with Alianza (22 points) and maintained its Clausura lead after 15 rounds of play. Romeesh Nathaniel Ivey (33’) gave the visitors a first-half lead, but Joel Barcenas leveled for the Expreso Azul with a 66th minute penalty kick.
Second-place Plaza Amador (25 points) fell 2-0 at Rio Abajo (23 points). Adonis Aldahir Villanueva (29’) and Alejandro Vélez struck for the host
Other results: Independiente 0-1 Sporting San Miguelito, Chepo 0-2 Tauro
Nicaragua’s playoffs were suspended due to the earthquake that impacted the nation last Friday.