San Carlos strikes first in final earns 11 tie at Saprissa

first_imgTibás — A waterlogged afternoon couldn’t slow A.D. San Carlos on Sunday as it earned a 1-1 tie against Saprissa in the first leg of the Clausura 2019 second-phase final.Marco Julián Mena opened scoring in the 42nd minute for San Carlos, which will earn its first Costa Rican soccer championship with a positive result in Wednesday’s return leg at its home stadium in Ciudad Quesada.¡GOOOL DE SAN CARLOS!Marco Mena abre el marcador para los norteños en el Saprissa. Siga el minuto a minuto en #FinalCR— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) May 13, 2019Substitute Rubilio Castillo responded in the second half for Saprissa, which otherwise couldn’t capitalize on several opportunities in the attacking third.¡GOOOL DE @SaprissaOficial! Rubilio Castillo pone el 1-1 en la #FinalCR Siga el minuto a minuto en— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) May 13, 2019Sunday’s match was nearly cancelled due to field conditions following a fierce afternoon rainstorm that continued into the evening.UNAFUT officials deemed the pitch playable following a two-hour delay, and the result was an entertaining, physical and wet contest.The return leg will be played Wednesday at Estadio Carlos Ugalde Álvarez. Because San Carlos finished atop the regular-season table, it will be crowned champions with a 0-0 tie or win of any margin. Saprissa would win the series with a victory Wednesday and force a “Gran Final” rematch against the Sancarleños. Related posts:San Carlos defeats reigning champion Herediano, advances to face Saprissa Weekend soccer roundup: Semifinals begin, Ticos traded in MLS No bull: San Carlos wins historic Costa Rican soccer championship Herediano beats MLS champs Atlanta United, 3-1 Facebook Commentslast_img read more