Action from the Costa Rican Verano game between Herediano (yellow jersey) and visiting Santos de Guapiles on March 23, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Herediano)
Herediano regained the upper hand in Costa Rica, while Chorrillo claimed sole possession of first place in Panama after a top-of-the-table clash with Alianza. CONCACAF.com looks back at all of the weekend’s action from across the Central American region.
Herediano (30 points) returned to the Verano’s summit after a 4-2 victory over visiting Santos de Guapiles (19 points). Attacker Victor Nuñez (14’, 79’) scored two goals in a winning effort for the Florenses, who moved ahead of Saprissa (29 points) by a single point in the standings.
The Monstruo Morado played host Limon (19 points) to a 1-1 draw thanks to Carlos Saucedo’s 39th minute equalizer.
CONCACAF Champions League semifinalist Alajuelense (22 points) went on the road for a 1-1 draw with Puntarenas. Honduras international Jerry Palacios maintained his rich vein of form, giving the Manudos a lead in the 55th minute that it would relinquish 14 minutes later.
Other results: Carmelita 3-1 Perez Zeledon, Uruguay 2-0 Cartagines, Belen Sigo XXI 1-2 UCR
In a match between two sides tied for first place in the Clausura, Chorrillo (23 points) posted a 3-0 victory over Alianza (20 points). Sergio Moreno (31’), Rolando Blackburn (88’) and Miguel Camargo (90’+1) netted a goal each for Chorrillo, which won for the sixth straight time after going winless in its first six outings.
Arabe Unido (20 points) bounced back from its midweek CCL elimination by topping San Francisco (12 points), 1-0, thanks to Abdiel Arroyo’s fourth goal of the season in the 38th minute.
Other results: Plaza Amador 1-0 Chepo, Rio Abajo 2-1 Independiente, Sporting San Miguelito 1-2 Tauro
Isidro Metapan (19 points) edged closer to first place in the Clausura with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Juventud Independiente (15 points). Forward Nicolas Muñoz (41’, 89’) netted a brace in victory for the visitors, who are now second in the table, three points behind FAS (22 points). The Tigres suffered a second defeat in their last two games, 2-1, to Dragon (16 points). Williams Reyes (21’ pen, 65’) scored two goals in a road win that saw his team to climb into third place.
Other results: Alianza 0-0 UES, Luis Angel Firpo 3- 1 Atlético Marte, Águila 3-1 Santa Tecla
The Clausura continues to be drama-filled as the teams occupying the first three positions in the table posted wins. A goal by Fernando Gallo (34’) gave leader and host Universidad de San Carlos (26 points) a 1-0 victory over Municipal. Universidad (5-2-0) remained unbeaten at home on the season.
Diego Cardillo’s last-gasp goal lifted second-place Coatepeque (24 points) past Mictlan, 3-2, and extended its unbeaten run to six consecutive games.
In another 3-2 battle, defending champion Comunicaciones (23 points) kept pace in third place, topping Malacateco. Marvin Ceballos broke a 2-2 tie in the 90th minute.
Other results: Suchitepequez 2-1 Iztapa, Xelaju 3-0 Halcones, Heredia 4-0 Marquense
Bryan Rochez (23’, 42’, 56’, 60’) scored four goals as second-place Real España (24 points) extended its unbeaten streak to eight consecutive games with a 6-1 win at Marathon (15 points). Honduras international striker Carlo Costly (57’) and Gerson Rodas (74') each added second-half tallies.
Leader Olimpia (28 points) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Motagua (20 points). Antony Lozano (82’) netted his fifth goal of the season to end the slide.
Other results: Parrillas One 1-1 Platense, Victoria 1-0 Deportes Savio, Real Sociedad 1-0 Vida
Unbeaten Diriangen (31 points) gained sole possession of first place with a 2-1 win over Walter Ferreti (28 points). Jonathan Zapata (42’) and David Solorzano (54’) struck for the winner, which is the only unbeaten side in the Clausra with an 8-7-0 record.
With a 1-0 defeat of Managua, defending champion Real Esteli jumped into second. Franklin Lopez netted the game’s only goal in the third minute. Esteli has not lost in 11 straight games and has posted shutouts in its last three outings.
Other results: Juventus Managua 1-2 San Marcos, Deportivo Ocotal 1-0 Jalapa, Chinandega 2-3 Real Madriz