• Friday Dec 16, 2016

    Saprissa claims Costa Rican Invierno crown, SCCL berth

    Saprissa (pictured) celebrates winning the Costa Rican Invierno title after beating visiting Herediano on December 15, 2016, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Saprissa captured its 33rd Costa Rican title and qualified for the 2017/18 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League after posting a 2-0 win over visiting Herediano on Thursday night at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma.

    As a result of the victory, the Monstruo Morado finished first in the Invierno Quadrangular, avoiding a two-game final thanks to it also earning the regular-season crown.

    Fabrizio Ronchetti scored the first goal in the eighth minute, when he intercepted William Quiros’ backpass and angled an attempt with the outside of his right foot from 10-yards out past charging goalkeeper Leonel Moreira.

    The match became increasingly tense as the second half wore on, but Saprissa was able to double its advantage in the 78th minute as the outstanding Marvin Angulo curled in a splendid right-footed shot from just beyond the left side of the box into the far-side netting.  The stunning effort completed a 37-second sequence of possession by Saprissa that forced Herediano to chase the ball for most of that time.

    Herediano needed only a draw to claim top honors in the Quadrangular, but the dismissals of Oscar Esteban Granados (83’) and Randall Azofeifa (85’) ended those hopes.

    The championship was Saprissa’s fourth in the last six tournaments.

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