• Thursday May 18, 2017

    Herediano gains advantage in Costa Rican Verano final

    Herediano's Jairo Arrieta (left) looks to accelerate against visiting Saprissa in the first leg of the 2017 Costa Rican Verano final on May 17, 2017, in Heredia. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Herediano took a big step towards capturing its 26th Costa Rican Primera Division title with a 3-0 triumph over visiting Saprissa on Wednesday in the first leg of the 2017 Verano final

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the action from the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.

    2017 Costa Rican Verano -- Final, First Leg

    May 17, 2017

    Herediano 3, Saprissa 0

    Jairo Arrieta 8’; Victor Nuñez 30’; Oscar Esteban Granados 35’

     

    • Herediano enjoyed a quick start as Jairo Arrieta got in front of a Saprissa defender and volleyed home a cross for a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.
    • Victor Nuñez doubled the margin at the half-hour mark by collecting a pass behind the Saprissa defense, rounding Saprissa goalkeeper Danny Carvajal and then calmly sweeping home.
    • Five minutes later Jose Sanchez’s cutback pass found the onrushing Oscar Esteban Granados, who sent a right-footer past Carvajal for the third and final goal.
    • The sides will meet on Sunday in the second leg at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.
    • Herediano is unbeaten in eight of its last nine matches (6W-2D-1).
    • Saprissa is winless in six of its last eight games (2W-3D-3L).

     

    THEY SAID IT:

     

    • Herediano head coach Hernan Medford: “We have won absolutely nothing. There are 180 minutes. The first 90 minutes are gone. To go to Saprissa is not easy, we should work equally hard.”
    • Saprissa Head Coach Carlos Watson: “We believe in the comeback and that is an unshakable faith. We believe we can put up the result.”
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