Action from the Guatemalan Clausura semifinal, second leg match between Heredia and visiting Municipal (right). (Photo courtesy of Municipal)
Long-time rivals Municipal and Comunicaciones advanced to the Guatemalan final, while the semifinals got underway in El Salvador. CONCACAF.com recaps all of the action from across the Central American region.
Triumphs in their respective semifinal series ensured that Municipal and Comunicaciones will meet in the Clausura final.
Following an opening 1-1 draw, Municipal and host Heredia tied 3-3 in the return leg on Saturday, allowing the Rojos to progress on the away-goals rule. All six goals were scored in the second half with the visitors going ahead 3-0 through Carlos Ruiz (57’), Darwin Oliva (62’) and Marco Ciani (67’).
Heredia, which saw its 11-game home winning streak end, were reduced to 10 players after Vincent Ardon’s ejection in the 72nd minute. It still managed to storm back with three unanswered goals as Anderson Andrade (80’), Milton Palacios (84’) and Robin Betancourth (89’) all netted in the last 10 minutes. The near monumental comeback fell just short.
Comunicaciones advanced 4-1 on aggregate after posting a 1-0 win over Xelaju on Sunday. Leandro Fernandez (40’) scored the lone goal as the Cremas look to become champion for the fourth straight time.
Host Dragón, which defeated Santa Tecla in a single-game playoff to progress to post-season play, upset top-seeded FAS, 1-0, in their semifinal opener. Jimmy Valoyes scored the game-winning goal in the third-minute of second half stoppage time.
In the other semifinal, Juventud Independiente rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie visiting Isidro Metapán, 2-2. In a vibrant encounter, the defending champion took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Puerto Rico Hector Ramos (43’, 57’). The host halved the deficit thanks to a 70th minute goal by Jesús Toscanini and leveled six minutes later through Jonathan Barrios’ own-goal.
Chorrillo advanced to the final, outlasting Plaza Amador on penalty kicks, 4-2, after their series ended 1-1 on aggregate. Plaza Amador won the first leg, 1-0, but Chorrillo responded with a win by the same score on Saturday. Sergio Jordan Moreno netted the second leg’s only goal in the 67th minute to force extra time.
The single-game final will take place on May 17 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez with the winner lifting the 2014 Clausura trophy and earning a place in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
The Clausura final kicked off Sunday with visiting Real Esteli topping Diriangen, 2-1. The host jumped out to a sixth-minute lead through Raul Leguias. A second-half brace by Samuel Wilson (54’, 89’) kept “El Tren del Norte” on track for a ninth consecutive title.
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