• Sunday May 07, 2017

    Real España, Honduras Progreso advance to Honduran Clausura semifinals

    Real España’s Wilfredo Barahona (yellow/black jersey) scores against visiting Real Sociedad in their Honduran Clausura play-in, second leg on May 6, 2017, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Real España and Honduras Progreso overcame first-leg losses to earn places in the 2017 Honduran Clausura semifinals with wins over Real Sociedad and Marathon, respectively on Saturday.

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at each match:

    2017 Honduran Clausura Playoffs
    Play-In, Second Leg
    May 6, 2017

    Honduras Progreso 1, Marathon 0
    Jerrel Britto 31´
    Honduras Progreso advances to semifinals by virtue of having a better regular-season record (agg: 1-1)

    - Days after making his international debut for Trinidad & Tobago, Jerrel Britto (31’) scored the only goal as Honduras Progreso posted a 1-0 win over Marathon at the Estadio Humberto Micheletti.
    - The 24-year-old Britto poked in from the doorstep after a Honduras Progreso corner kick taken by by Carlos Sanchez bounced around the penalty area in pinball-like fashion.
    - After winning the first leg at home 1-0, Marathon needed only a draw to progress.
    - Honduras Progreso is unbeaten in its last six home games (4W-2D-0L), including three straight wins.
    - Honduras Progreso will meet regular-season Olimpia in the semfinals.

    Real España 4, Real Sociedad 1
    Edder Delgado 1'; Bryan Acosta 60'; Angel Tejeda 83'; Wilfredo Barahona 90’ / Rony Martinez 80’
    Real España advances to semifinals (agg: 5-3)

    - Real España exploded for three second-half goals to beat visiting Real Sociedad at the Estadio Francosco Morazan, 4-1, and advance to the semifinals, 5-3 on aggregate.
    - Edder Delgado gave the host a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds into the match with a splendid right-footed effort from 35 yards that cruised into the upper-left corner.
    - Bryan Acosta doubled Real España’s advantage in the 59th minute with a laser, but Rony Martinez got behind the defense to halve the deficit in the 80th minute.
    - Angel Tejeda (83', header) and Wilfredo Barahona (90’, right foot) netted late insurance goals to seal the victory.
    - After winning the first leg at home, 2-1, Real Sociedad needed only a draw to progress.
    - Real España is unbeaten in its last six home games (5W-1D-0L).
    - Real España will meet Motagua in the semifinals.

    Semifinal Schedule

    Wednesday -- May 10, 2017
    Real España v Motagua
    Honduras Progreso v Olimpia

    Saturday -- May 13, 2017
    Motagua v Real España

    Sunday, May 14, 2017
    Olimpia v Honduras Progreso

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