Liga Deportiva Alajuelense seized a historic 3-0 victory against Real Estelí in the first leg of the Concacaf Central American Cup final. The match occurred at Estadio Independencia in Nicaragua, a venue where Real Estelí had not lost on an international stage in a decade, and had kept its goal untouched for seven years. Both of these streaks were shattered by Alajuelense. Goals were scored by Joshua Navarro, Michael Barrantes, and Freddy Gándola, providing the Costa Rican team with a significant edge for the return match.
Unyielding Battle Despite the Score
Despite the score, Real Estelí was praised for its unyielding struggle until the end of the match. Alajuelense players emphasized the importance of not becoming complacent and focusing on the upcoming challenges, including the return match and the semi-finals against Herediano. The return final will be played on December 5th at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium.
Moral Boost for Alajuelense
The victory also served as a moral boost for Alajuelense, reaffirming their historical dominance over Real Estelí, whom they have defeated in all eight previous encounters. Alajuelense's players and coaching staff recognized the importance of the support from their over 500 fans who traveled to Nicaragua for the match.
As the teams prepare for the second leg of the final, the focus shifts to strategy and maintaining the momentum. Real Estelí, though defeated in the first leg, remains a formidable contender with a record of resilience and tenacity. Alajuelense, on the other hand, will aim to defend their lead and secure their dominance in the championship. As anticipation builds, fans worldwide eagerly await the next showdown on December 5th.