Herediano gains advantage in Costa Rican Verano final
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Herediano's Jairo Arrieta (left) looks to accelerate against visiting Saprissa in the first leg of the 2017 Costa Rican Verano final on May 17, 2017, in Heredia. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Herediano took a big step towards capturing its 26th Costa Rican Primera Division title with a 3-0 triumph over visiting Saprissa on Wednesday in the first leg of the 2017 Verano final

CONCACAF.com takes a look at the action from the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.

2017 Costa Rican Verano -- Final, First Leg

May 17, 2017

Herediano 3, Saprissa 0

Jairo Arrieta 8’; Victor Nuñez 30’; Oscar Esteban Granados 35’

 

  • Herediano enjoyed a quick start as Jairo Arrieta got in front of a Saprissa defender and volleyed home a cross for a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.
  • Victor Nuñez doubled the margin at the half-hour mark by collecting a pass behind the Saprissa defense, rounding Saprissa goalkeeper Danny Carvajal and then calmly sweeping home.
  • Five minutes later Jose Sanchez’s cutback pass found the onrushing Oscar Esteban Granados, who sent a right-footer past Carvajal for the third and final goal.
  • The sides will meet on Sunday in the second leg at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.
  • Herediano is unbeaten in eight of its last nine matches (6W-2D-1).
  • Saprissa is winless in six of its last eight games (2W-3D-3L).

 

THEY SAID IT:

 

  • Herediano head coach Hernan Medford: “We have won absolutely nothing. There are 180 minutes. The first 90 minutes are gone. To go to Saprissa is not easy, we should work equally hard.”
  • Saprissa Head Coach Carlos Watson: “We believe in the comeback and that is an unshakable faith. We believe we can put up the result.”

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