Arabe Unido, pictured above before its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Alajuelense, played to a 0-0 draw with Plaza Amador in the Panamanian Apertura on March 14, 2014. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
FAS extended its lead in El Salvador with a win, while Coatepeque edged closer to the top in Guatemala. CONCACAF.com recaps all of the action across the Central American region.
With a 2-1 win over Juventud Independiente (15 points), FAS (22 points) increased its lead atop the Clausura standings to six points. Alejandro Bentos (26’) and Gerson Mayen (37’) scored first-half goals for the Tigres, whose stingy defense has now conceded one goal or less in 11 straight games dating back to last year.
Second-place Isidro Metapan (16 points) fell 1-0 at Santa Tecla (12 points). The Jaguares have followed a win with a loss over the last six rounds.
Other results: Luis Ángel Firpo 1-2 Dragon, Águila 2-3 UES, Alianza 2-1 Atlético Marte
Coatepeque (21 points) climbed to second place in the Clausura table, rallying for a 2-1 win at Iztapa (7 points). Agustin Herrera broke a 1-1 deadlock with an 89th minute strike.
First-place Universidad de San Carlos (23 points) failed to win for the fourth time in five outings after dropping a 1-0 decision at Suchitepequez (18 points).
It was a magical day for legendary Guatemala striker Carlos Ruiz (26’, 69’, 78’), who scored all three goals in Municipal’s (17 points) 3-2 victory over Heredia (18 points). Ruiz now has four goals on the season.
Other results: Malacateco 3-2 Mictlan, Marquense 1-3 Xelaju, Halcones 1-0 Comunicaciones
Arabe Unido (17 points) played to a scoreless draw against Plaza Amador (18 points) in its last match before hosting Alajuelense in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. The Expreso Azul has not conceded a goal in 225 minutes in all competitions.
Chorrillo (20 points) jumped into a first-place tie with Alianza thanks to a 3-1 victory at Independiente (10 points). Richard Dixon made it 2-1 for the eventual winner just before the break, while Justin Arboleda (54’) added a penalty kick before being ejected three minutes from full time.
Alianza, which officially trails Chorrillo (17 points) on goal difference, played to a 2-2 draw with host Sporting San Miguelito.
Other results: Chepo 1-1 Río Abajo, Tauro 0-1 San Francisco
It was a festival of draws, as all four matches ended in a share of the spoils. Second-place Real Sociedad (21 points) was unable to take advantage of leader Olimpia’s (25 points) loss on Thursday, playing to a goalless tie at Platense (15 points). The Realeza has only one win in its last five games.
Ney Costa scored a brace in Deportes Savio’s (8 points) 2-2 draw against Parillas One (15 points).
Other results: Vida 0-0 Victoria, Motagua 1-1 Marathon
Puntarenas (11 points) came back from deficits twice to play Santos de Guapiles to a 3-3 draw. Daniel Quiros struck for a 90th minute equalizer to earn a point for the Tiburones. Santos de Guapiles (19 points) is now fourth in the Verano table and is in the playoff zone.
Other results: Perez Zeledon 2-1 UCR, Cartagines 1-1 Limon
First-place Walter Ferreti (28 points) suffered its second defeat of the Clausura, falling 2-1 at home to Deportivo Ocotal (11 points). It was Ocotal’s first win in 13 games.
Diriangen remained unbeaten in the Clausura and is now even on points with Walter Ferreti following a 2-2 draw with Managua (21 points). Pavon Eulises (8’) and Emilio Palacios (62’) struck for the Diriambinos.
Other results: Jalapa 1-0 Chinandega, Real Madriz 1-0 Juventus Managua, San Marcos 0-0 Real Esteli