Tegucigalpa, April 16. Olimpia, led by Argentinian Pedro Troglio, set foot in the semi-finals of the Honduran Clausura tournament after drawing 1-1 this Sunday with Olancho, at the end of the 16th day.
Those trailing Troglio won the game, visiting, with a 19th-minute goal from Jerry Bengtson, but the experienced Olancho didn’t give up and at 82 he equalized through the Argentinian Agustin Auzmendi.
With the tie, Olimpia retained first place and won both regular rounds of the tournament with two days remaining in the competition.
Olimpia, with 35 points, is escorted by Olancho, with 28.
Motagua, after beating Real Sociedad 2-0, couldn’t get past a 2-2 draw, against an opponent who reacted in the second half.
The Motagua locals missed several chances to score against a Real Sociedad who had very few, but who were more precise when defining in the box.
The result keeps Real Sociedad’s hopes of staying in the top flight alive, a fight that also includes Honduras Progreso, who beat Marathón 2-1 on Saturday.
With the draw, Motagua secured its pass to the second phase of the championship, for which six teams qualify.
The other five are Olimpia, Olancho, Real España, Pedagogical University and Marathón.
Real España, led by Uruguayan Julio Rodríguez, beat Universidad Pedagógica 3-1 in a spectacular game, with the last two goals coming in the last three minutes of the game.
Darixon Vuelto, Argentina’s Juan Vieyra and Carter Bodden converted for Real España, while Josman Figueroa scored for Pedagogical University.
Honduras Progreso upset Marathón 2-1 on Saturday, opening Round 16 of the Clausura tournament, a result that could prevent them from being relegated.
The win was the second for Honduras Progreso, led by Colombian John Jairo López, in 16 games, adding five draws and nine defeats.
With 24 points, Honduras Progreso are last in the overall downhill standings, which includes the last Apertura tournament and the current Clausura, while Real Sociedad are penultimate with 26.
Dabirson Castillo at minute 37 and Ángel Domínguez at 67 scored the goals for the Honduras side Progreso, while Kilmar Peña reduced for Marathón at 77.
In Saturday’s second match, Vida beat Victoria 3-1, in the local classic in the Honduran Caribbean town of La Ceiba.
The game was between two direct rivals who could not seal a ticket to the second phase of the championship. ECE