Real Esteli celebrates winning the 2013 Nicaraguan Apertura title after defeating Walter Ferreti on November 30, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Real Esteli)
ESTELI, Nicaragua – Real Esteli is champion of Nicaragua again after defeating Walter Ferreti 1-0 on Saturday in the second leg of the Apertura final at the Estadio Independencia, enabling the host to capture the series by the same aggregate score.
Franklin Lopez scored the lone goal in the fifth minute, sending the capacity crowd of 5,000 fans into a joyous celebration that was repeated after the final whistle.
In response, Walter Ferreti looked to take control of the midfield, but Esteli’s Rudel Calero was tremendous in disrupting that tactic.
Real Esteli – now winner of 11 titles -- established a new mark for most consecutive domestic championships by a Central American team, breaking the record of seven straight that it shared with El Salvador’s Hercules (1928-1934).
Additionally, “El Tren del Norte” joined Club Franciscain of Martinique and Barbados’ Weymouth Wales as the only teams in all of the Americas to win eight straight crowns.