Comunicaciones (pictured) will visit Heredia in the first leg of the Guatemalan Apertura final on December 12, 2013. (Photo: Juan Meono)
PETEN, Guatemala – The 2013 Guatemalan Apertura final opens Thursday, when Heredia welcomes defending champion Comunicaciones to the Estadio Del Monte. The two sides also met in the 2013 Clausura final, which Comunicaciones won, 2-1 on aggregate.
Heredia enters the contest on excellent form, registering playoff triumphs over Halcones in the quarterfinals (4-0 on aggregate) and Municipal in the semifinals (4-1 on aggregate).
Former Comunicaciones’ attacker Osmar Lopez has scored three goals during the post-season, all of them in a 4-0 win over Halcones on December 1.
Head coach Juan Carlos Elias won’t have the services of suspended duo David Espinoza and Osmar Lopez, but he remains optimistic.
“We are positive that we will give a good fight to Comunicaciones,” Elias told reporters. “The final goal is the title. They are very hard games, but we are confident in the work that we’ve done.”
The Cremas’ road to final has been slightly more complicated. A 2-1 away win over Suchitepequez allowed the 26-time champion to progress to the semifinals by the same aggregate score. It lost the semifinal opener 1-0 at Marquense, but followed it up with a 4-0 win in the return match. Jean Marquez has led the way in the playoffs with two goals.
The final’s second leg will be played Sunday at the Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City.