CONCACAF Weekend’s Best (November 13, 2017)
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Action from the Panamanian Apertura match between Chorrillo FC (yellow jersey) and Santa Gema on November 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Liga Panameña de Fútbol)

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.

CHORRILLO FC CLAIMS LAST PLAYOFF SPOT IN PANAMA

Chorrillo FC (6-8-4, 26) clinched the fourth and last ticket to the 2017 Panamanian Apertura playoffs, rallying for a 1-1 draw with ninth-place Santa Gema (3-6-9, 15) on Saturday, the last day of regular-season play.  After Jonathan Braswell (22’) gave the visitor a first-half lead, Luis Hurtado (77’) equalized from the penalty spot with 13 minutes left in normal time.  Atletico Veragüense (7-4-7, 25) could have secured the postseason berth, but it fell 2-0 at last-place Alianza (3-5-10, 14).  Tauro FC (9-7-2, 34) finished as regular-season champion, drawing 0-0 with third-place Arabe Unido (8-9-1, 33), also on Saturday.

 

HEREDIANO UNBEATEN STREAK REACHES 20

Johnny Acosta scored the only goal in the 54th minute and first-place Herediano (14W-5D-0L, 50 points) earned a 1-0 win over host Perez Zeledon (9-6-5, 33) on Sunday.  The victory extended the Florenses’ unbeaten streak to open the 2017 Costa Rican Invierno to 20 games.  A well-worked play, which was started with a short corner kick from the left, ended with Acosta hitting the back of the net with his right foot from eight-yards out off a Pablo Salazar header.

 

ZELAYA, GUEVARA FIRE ON-TARGET ALIANZA TO VICTORY

Rodolfo Zelaya (12’ pen, 47’) and Ricardo Guevara (22’, 57’) struck for two goals each as first-place Alianza (12-7-0, 43) defeated Pasaquina, 5-2, in a 2017 Salvadoran Apertura match on Sunday.  With the win, the Albos remained unbeaten in the 2017 Salvadoran Apertura through the opening 19 game.  After scoring two goals in its previous three games, Alianza has netted eight in its last two outings.

 

MARATHON BACK ON TOP IN HONDURAS

An entertaining weekend 2017 Honduran Apertura football concluded with Marathon (10-1-5, 31) atop the table.  On Saturday, the Monstruo Verde raced to a 5-0 win over visiting UPNFM, as Justin Arboleda (53’, 65’) – the league’s top scorer (10 goals) -- netted twice from the penalty spot.  Henry Romero (6’) opened the scoring early in the first half, while Mario Berrios (60’) and Yaudel Lahera (63’) also found the back of the net.  After losing two consecutive matches, Marathon has won three straight – all by shutout.  Olimpia started the weekend in first place, but dropped to fourth after falling 2-1 at Real Sociedad.

 

RAMPANT MOTAGUA DOWNS PLATENSE

Second-place Motagua (8-6-2, 30) remained unbeaten at home (5-4-0) in the 2017 Honduran Apertura on the strength of a 5-1 win over visiting Platense on Sunday.  Walter Joel Martinez (50’, 53’) led the way with a pair of second-half goals, lifting his season total to three.  The Ciclon Azul also got goals from Marco Tulio Vega (31’), Wilmer Crisanto (45’ pen) and Rubilio Castillo (89’).

 

JUTICALPA ON SCORING ROLL

Free-flowing Juticalpa (8-4-5, 28) scored more than one goal in a seventh straight Honduran Apertura match, topping Vida, 4-1 on Sunday.  Gerson Tinoco (71’, 84’) scored twice for the Canecheros, who have a league-best 38 goals in 17 games – 10 more than their nearest competitor.

 

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