Isidro Metapan celebrates after scoring in a Salvadoran Apertura game against visiting Aguila on November 24, 2013, at the Estadio Jorge "Calero" Suarez in Metapan, El Salvador. (Photo courtesy of Isidro Metapan/www.somosmetapan.com)
The Panamanian Grand Final pairing is set, while the last week of regular-season play wrapped up in Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. CONCACAF.com serves up a recap of all the action across Central America.
San Francisco and Tauro will meet in the final of 2013 Panamanian Apertura, following semifinal triumphs that both required extra time.
San Francisco topped Plaza Amador 3-1 on Saturday to progress 4-2 on aggregate. Eduardo Gabriel Jimenez broke a 2-2 total-goals deadlock in the 98th minute, heading home a pass from Jose Luis Garces. Roberto Brown netted an insurance goal to seal the victory at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
One day earlier, also at the Rommel Fernandez, Tauro topped CA Independiente 3-2 to capture the series 4-2 on aggregate. In the 101st minute, Miguel Castillo made it 2-2 on the evening off an assist from Israel Sanjur. With three minutes remaining on the clock, Hecgar Murillo found Marcos Sanchez to ensure Tauro’s passage to the final.
The final will be played on Friday, November 29, at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
The first leg of the Nicaraguan Apertura on Saturday ended in a goalless draw between Walter Ferreti and Real Esteli. The sides will meet again in the return match on November 30. With a victory, Esteli will secure its eighth straight title.
Despite playing with ten men for a significant portion of the match, Deportes Savio defeated Real Sociedad 2-0 in the first leg of their Honduran Apertura semifinal series. of Honduran football. Romário scored for the home side in the 37th minute, but three minutes later Clayvin Zúniga was sent off with a straight red. Jhony Galdámez was able to double the lead with a goal in the 60th minute.
The first leg in the other semifinal between Olimpia and Real España will be played Wednesday in Tegucigalpa.
Suchitepequez qualified for the Guatemalan Apertura playoffs after a 3-0 win over Malacateco. Xelajú finished level on points with Suchitepéquez, but missed out on post-season play on goal difference (+2 to +1).
The quarterfinal pairings are: Comunicaciones-Suchitepéquez, Municipal-Malacateco, Heredia-Halcones, Universidad de San Carlos-Marquense.
Regular-season play in the Costa Rican Invierno ended on Sunday with three participants in this year’s CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) advancing to the semifinals.
Herediano captured the top seed with 49 points, two more than runner-up Alajuelense.
In the semifinal pairings, Herediano will meet fourth-place Cartagines (32 points), while Alajuelense will face rival Saprissa (42 points), which last participated in the CCL during the 2010-11 edition.
Alajuelense will meet Panama’s Arabe Unido in the CCL quarterfinals next year.
Isidro Metapan progressed to the Salvadorian Apertura playoffs after a 2-2 draw with Aguila. That single point allowed Metapan to advance at the expense of Alianza, which failed to advance due to inferior goal difference (+2 to 0) even though they finished level on 26 points.
Metapan, knowing that a loss would see it eliminated from title contention, withstood a furious rally by Aguila after going ahead 2-0 on goals by Milton Molina (14’) and Omar Mejia (48’).
The semifinal pairings are: Atletico Marte-Isidro Metapan and Juventud Independiente-FAS.