• Monday Jun 10, 2013

    Central American Recap

    Real Estelí is the champion of Nicaraguan football, while Guatemalan Clausura quarterfinals are all wrapped up. CONCACAF.com looks back on all of the action across the region.

    Real Estelí is the Nicaraguan champion after Saturday's 1-0 victory over host Walter Ferreti in the second leg of the final, sealing a 4-0 aggregate triumph. Wilber Sánchez scored the only goal in the fifth minute off an assist from Manuel Rosas.

    The game, played at Managua's Estadio Nacional, was suspended in the 67th minute after objects were thrown from the stands onto the field.

    For "El Tren del Norte" it is a seventh consecutive league title and 11th overall. It will once again compete in the CONCACAF Champions League later this year in Group Two with Honduras' Olimpia and Sporting Kansas City of the United States.

    Estelí equals the Central American record most successive league championships set from 1927-34 by the legendary Salvadoran side, Hércules.


    Comunicaciones, Heredia, Halcones y Marquense are in the Guatemalan semifinals after advancing out of their respective quarterfinal pairings.

    Host Comunicaciones overcame a 1-0 deficit against Xelaju in the second leg to win by the same score as its opening victory, 2-1. The visitors went ahead in the 11th minute through Johny Giron, who capitalized on a failed clearance in the area.

    The Cremas responded, however, thanks to a brace from Bryan Ordóñez. The 22-year-old midfielder unleashed from outside the area in the 30th minute to equalize. Two minutes after the break, he scored again.

    With a 5-3 aggregate victory, Marquense qualified for the semifinals, but had to withstand a Malacateco side that battled to the end. The sides ties 3-3 in the second leg on Sunday. A hat trick from Óscar Isaula (5', 49', and 70') gave life to Malacateco, but a brace from Minor López (22', 41') and a tally from Hessler Archila (59') were enough for Marquense.

    The dream of being a champion lives on for Halcones, who advanced past the quarterfinal round 4-2 on aggregate over Suchitepéquez. Halcones came back from a 1-0 deficit in the first leg to win 3-1 on the strength of three second half goals. On Saturday, Halcones overcame a 71st minute own-goal by Fredy Ruano, as Anderson Moreno scored the equalizer with three minutes left in regulation

    Charles Córdoba scored all three goals for Heredia in its 3-2 aggregate triumph over Universidad San Carlos to advance to the semifinals. Universidad won the first leg at home 2-1, but a brace from Córdoba in Saturday's second leg (37', 64') confirmed Jaguares progression..

    The semifinal pairings are: Comunicaciones-Marquense and Halcones-Heredia.  The first legs will be played this Wednesday, while the second legs are scheduled for Sunday.

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