Action from the Costa Rican Invierno semifinal between host Herediano (yellow) and Cartagines on December 8, 2013, at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in heredia, Costa Rica.. (Photo courtesy of Herediano)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica -- Herediano extended its winning streak at home to 11 straight games and advanced to its fifth consecutive appearance in a Costa Rican final with a 3-0 win over Cartagines on Sunday to capture their Apertura semifinal series 5-0 on aggregate.
The Florenses will meet the winner of the Alajuelense-Saprissa pairing, which will be decided at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank in Alajuela on Monday. Saprissa won the first leg 1-0 on a second-half goal by Deyver Vega.
At the Estadio Eladio Rosbal Cordero, Jose Miguel Cubero opened the scoring in the 12th minute. The 26-year-old midfielder beat goalkeeper Wardy Alfaro to knock in a rebound of Oscar Esteban Granados’ header that struck the right post.
Seven minutes later, Granados received a simple pass in the midfield, turned and bounced a right-footed shot from 25-yards out beyond the diving Alfaro to make it 2-0.
Second-half substitute Leandro Barrios completed the scoreline in the 53rd minute, receiving a long diagonal pass on the left side and firing in an effort from 23 yards.
Defending champion Herediano overcame Cartagines 5-4 on penalty kicks to win the 2013 Verano title after their finals series ended 4-4 on aggregate.