• Saturday Dec 03, 2016

    Saprissa win over Alajuelense pleases Watson

    Saprissa head coach Carlos Watson (pictured) speaks to the media on December 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Deportivo Saprissa)

     SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Saprissa edged a step closer to the 2016 Costa Rican Invierno title with a 2-1 victory over visiting Alajuelense on Thursday night.

    The Monstruo Morado now sit atop Quadrangular table on six points, a point ahead of second-place Herediano, which has played one additional match.  Santos and Alajuelense have one point each.

    David Guzman (24’) and Ulises Segura (30’) scored for the host in a performance that it yielded a seventh straight victory.  Alajuelense’s Johnny Woodly halved the deficit in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but that late concession didn’t dampen the praise Saprissa head coach Carlos Watson had for his team.

    “I think [the match] has been intense, which is always expected in a Clásico,” said the 65-year-old. “La Liga started very well, on top of us.  They had two dangerous plays in attack.  Later, we controlled the match and the goals fell. 

    “We maintained the rhythm in the first half and in the second half we retreated to give the ball to Liga to buy space.  It’s my perception that it was a well-played match by both.”

    Saprissa, which has captured three of last five Costa Rican crowns, can widen the gulf between itself and the rest of the field with a win over host Herediano on Sunday.  A potential four-point advantage, however, didn’t tempt Watson to look too far ahead.

    “We are taking these one at a time,” he finished.  “Now we play Herediano in their house and we will go there to win also.”


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