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Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura

April 21, 2019

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense tied 2-2 against the reigning champion, Club Sport Herediano, and was eliminated from the semifinals of the 2019 Clausura Championship in Costa Rica with one fixture remaining.

Saturday’s match took place in the National Stadium of La Sabana, in San José, because playing at Alajuela’s stadium, Alejandro Morera Soto, was vetoed by the Disciplinary Tribunal for disturbances after the clásico nacional (Costa Rican classic) against Saprissa two weeks ago.

Herediano will have to wait for the closing date, next Sunday, to try to earn the last ticket to the next phase of the tournament; Club Sport Cartaginés and Municipal Grecia are the other two semifinal aspirants. San Carlos, Pérez Zeledón and Saprissa are already classified.

Alajuelense hurt its own cause through an own-goal by Daniel Villegas (21). However, they responded with a penalty from Honduran Róger Rojas (42). Herediano went ahead thanks to the 2014 Brazil World Cup and Russia 2018 participant, Yeltsin Tejeda (60). When everything seemed resolved Rojas scored his second, taking advantage of a mistake from goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero to equalize (89).

The closing Clausura fixtures will decide the four semifinal teams and their order in the table. They will also determine the regular-season winner. 

With all teams having played in 21 games, and only one date left to be played, San Carlos and Pérez Zeledón have 36 points, Saprissa, 35; Herediano, 33; Cartaginés and Grecia, 31; Alajuelense, 29; UCR, 28; Santos, 27; Limón, 26, Guadalupe, 18; Carmelita, 11.

Matchday 22, last of the classification phase:

Alajuelense-Guadalupe

Carmelita-San Carlos

Cartaginés-Santos

Grecia-Saprissa

Herediano-Pérez Zeledón

Universidad de Costa Rica-Limón

 

Posiciones         Pts.    GP         W         D         L         Gf        Ga.

San Carlos                36        21        10        6          5          33        19

Pérez Zeledón          36        21        9          9          3          35        27

Saprissa                    35        21        10        5          6          36        27

Herediano                 33        21        9          6          6          31        24

Cartaginés                31        21        8          7          6          32        27

Municipal Grecia      31        21         8         7          6          32        27

Alajuelense               29        21        7          8          6          30        27

UCR                           25        21        7          7          7          33        38

Santos                       27        21        8          3          10        32        37

Limón FC                  26        21        7          5          9          22        30

Guadalupe FC         18       21        4          6          11        20        34

Carmelita                   11        21        2          5          14        18        37

 


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