• Thursday Dec 28, 2017

    Vuelto double gives Real España lead in Honduran Apertura final

    Darixon Vuelto (left) celebrates with Real Espana teammate Jhow Benevidez after scoring against visiting Motagua in the Honduran Apertura final, first leg on December 27, 2017, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Darixon Vuelto scored two goals and Real España earned a 2-0 win over visiting Motagua in the first leg of the 2017 Honduran Apertura final at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

    The Aurinegros won their fifth straight at home – the last four by shutout -- while Motagua lost for the fourth time in its last five outings on the road.

    Vuelto gave the host a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute, when he received a pass from Ivan Lopez at the top-left side of the box and snapped off an unstoppable left-footed effort into the upper-right corner.

    The 19-year-old made it 2-0 in the 76th minute, running onto Lopez’s clever ball played to the right, before shooting underneath goalkeeper Jonathan Rougier from 13-yards out.

    The second leg will be played December 30 at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa.

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