• Sunday Dec 31, 2017

    Real España wins Honduran Apertura championship

    Real España players and staff (left) celebrate after prevailing over Motagua in Honduran Apertura final on December 30, 2017, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Motagua may have earned a 2-1 win in the second leg of the 2017 Honduran Apertura final, but Real España’s lone goal – courtesy of Angel Tejeda in extra time – gave it the title, 3-2 on aggregate, at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino on Sunday.

    The Aurinegros, who earned a 2-0 win in the series opener, captured their 12th domestic crown and first since the 2013 Apertura.

    Tejeda’s trophy-lifting strike came in the 108th minute, when he twisted a header just inside the right post from eight-yards out, after Jhow Benavidez delivered a superb left-sided free kick.

    Rubilio Castillo was outstanding for a Motagua side looking for its third straight championship, netting a pair of second-half goals.

    He gave the Ciclon Azul a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute, jumping over two defenders at the upper-left edge of the six-yard box to head home Kevin Lopez’s right-sided cross.

    The 26-year-old made 2-0 in the 73rd minute by hammering a penalty kick into the right side of the net.

    With its triumph, Real España will compete in either the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League or the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

     

     

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