Comunicaciones celebrates after winning the 2014 Guatemalan Clausura title on May 18, 2014, at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. (Photo courtesy of Comunicaciones)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Communicaciones captured its fourth consecutive Guatemalan title and 28th overall, defeating Municipal 1-0 in the second leg of the 2014 Clausura final on Sunday at the Estadio Mateo Flores to win the series 2-0 on aggregate.
Jose Manuel Contreras scored in his second straight game, giving the Cremas their sixth successive win. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder unleashed a right-footed free kick from nearly 30-yards-out in the 28th minute that beat goalkeeper Santiago Morandi.
In the search for an equalizer, Municipal tried to crack a Comunicaciones defense that had conceded only one goal in its five previous post-season games. Goalkeeper Juan Jose Paredes, however, was in solid form. He stopped a Carlos Ruiz header in the 58th minute and thwarted Mario Rodriguez four minutes later.
The Rojos, who were bidding for a 30th crown, were reduced to 10-men in the 89th minute following Edoardo Isella’s ejection.
“This came to be because we are a team and one very united,” said Contreras. “All of the sacrifice that we did with our families and friends now is paying off.”
Both Comunicaciones and Municipal will represent Guatemala in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.