Jornada 18 didn’t disappoint…unless you supported Alajuelense.
With Mother Nature taking control of the field conditions, slips, trips and kicks were abound. No, I mean literal kicks. Some dude literally got karate kicked in the chest.
Below is the updated table and a look back at Jornada 18’s results.
Cartagines 4-2 Jicaral
Cartagines hasn’t won a match of any consequence since 2014. That came to a screeching halt on Tuesday.
In control of its own destiny, Cartagines blitzed Jicaral early and often. Reckless challenge after reckless challenge awarded Los Azules multiple set-piece opportunities. Marcel Hernandez capitalized on the first one just five minutes in. Jakiel Venegas followed suit 20 minutes later.
Unfortunately, Joaquin Aguirre wasn’t interested in an easy victory. His plan to go full Bruce Lee left Cartagines with 10 men just before the half.
Walter Chevez took advantage shortly after the restart, pulling it back to 2-1. Tensions rose inside the Fello Meza. Six minutes later, Christopher Nuñez allowed Cartagines to breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Hernandez capped the 4-2 victory with a grown-man finish and Cartagines’ third set-piece goal of the night.
Cartagines ended the Jornada level on points with Guadalupe.
Grecia 3-1 Alajuelense
Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!
The unlikeliest of upsets took place Wednesday afternoon. Mother Nature was ever-present in Grecia’s 3-1 victory over Alajuelense. Torrential downpours left field conditions sloppy and disjointed.
Nope, that was Alajuelene’s attack.
A half-volley from Jose Vargas gave Los Griegos the lead just two minutes in. Harry Rojas doubled the lead from an improbable angle in the second half. Feeling the pressure from Alajuelense’s response, Anthony Contreras put Grecia’s relegation worries to rest in the 84th.
Twelve points clear of La U with four games to play, Grecia is mathematically safe. Alajuelense dropped seven points behind Saprissa in first.
San Carlos 3-0 Santos
Santos didn’t seem interested in playing this match. I’m not interested in writing about it.
Goals from Jorman Aguilar and Julio Cesar Cruz allowed San Carlos to cruise to victory. The playoffs still remain out of reach—five points to be exact—but the club will look to carry that small glimmer of hope into the next Jornada.
La U 1-2 Herediano
It wasn’t pretty—that had more to do with Mother Nature pissing rain all over the pitch—but Herediano won its first match since February.
Both teams combined for 10 shots on the night. The only two Herediano had on goal went in.
Fabrizio Ramirez put El Team ahead just four minutes in. Lemark Hernandez responded in the 34th minute, but Brayan Rojas put the final nail in La U’s coffin just four minutes later.
Nine points from safety, La U can mathematically be relegated on Saturday. Herediano sit two points ahead of Guadalupe in third.
Saprissa 1-0 Limon
Saprissa and Limon played for the third time in seven days.
A flurry of chances came early for El Monstruo. Christian Bolaños easily tapped in his league-leading 14th goal of the season in the eighth minute. Saprissa couldn’t find another goal after that.
Limon defended for its life in the first half before coming to life in the second. Aaron Cruz was called upon to keep La Tromba from finding an equalizer. The main official played his part as well, forgiving Jean Carlo Aguero for an unforgivable challenge in the 71st minute.
As underwhelming a performance as it was, it was enough for Saprissa to extend its lead over Alajuelense. The club can clinch the liderato with a win over its rival on Sunday.
Guadalupe 3-1 Perez Zeledon
Understanding it needed three points to join the qualification zone, Guadalupe put forth the most professional performance of the weekend.
Dario Delgado, Lautaro Ayala and Kevin Espinoza comfortably neutralized Perez Zeledon’s strike partnership. Delgado contributed in the attack as well. His goal put Guadalupe ahead in the 11th minute. The club never looked back from there, sitting three goals ahead before Perez Zeledon scored a consolation goal in the 69th minute.
Guadalupe is level with Cartagines on points, but sit fourth according to the table.
Team of the Jornada
|RB||Marvin Obando||San Carlos|
|ST||Julio Cesar Cruz||San Carlos|