Action from the Guatemalan Clausura final, first leg encounter between host Municipal (red jersey) and Comunicaciones at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala city on May 15, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Municipal)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Comunicaciones edged closer to a fourth straight Guatemalan title on Thursday after defeating host Municipal, 1-0, in the first leg of the 2014 Clausura final at the Estadio Mateo Flores.
Jose Manuel Contreras netted the evening’s only goal in the 56th minute. The 28-year-old midfielder was able to find the back of the net on the second attempt, putting away a rebound of his own shot that was blocked by goalkeeper Santiago Morandi.
Municipal, which finished the regular season in seventh place, had the best scoring chance in the first half. Comunicaciones goalkeeper Juan Jose Paredes, however, did well to thwart Isella Morales’ effort from outside the area.
Leandro Fernandez almost put the visitors ahead five minutes before Contreras’ game-winner, but Morandi pulled off a tremendous save from a fierce attempt.
“It’s an important win, but we are still not yet champions,” said Contreras after the encounter. “We have 90 minutes to go. The team showed a lot of fight, a lot of blood. We know to take advantage the chance that we had and we got a great result.”
Despite the defeat, Municipal defender Hamilton López remained optimistic about his team’s chances in Sunday’s return leg.
“We have to fight,” Lopez commented. “It is a scoreline that we can come back against. “We only lacked a goal. We will continue in the same way.”