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Marathon tops UPNFM, provisionally grabs first place in Honduran league

- 16:37 - 21/09/2018
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    San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Sep 21 (EFE).- Marathon defeated UPNFM 2-1 here in Matchday 11 of 18 action to provisionally take over first place in the Honduran league's Apertura championship.

    Marathon opened the scoring in Thursday night's game, played at Yankel Rosenthal Stadium in this northern city, when midfielder Yaudel Lahera headed home a corner kick in the 19th minute.

    The visiting Lobos failed to convert any of their chances in the first half, but Marvin Calix scored the equalizer for the Tegucigalpa club on a free kick in the 65th minute.

    The matched seemed headed for a draw but Marathon came away with three points thanks to a goal by Marlon Ramirez in second-half stoppage time.

    The San Pedro Sula club now provisionally leads the standings with 19 points due to an edge in goal differential over Olimpia, although that Tegucigalpa club can wrest back first place with a win or draw in a road match on Sunday against Platense.

    Marathon has a game in hand because its Matchday 7 contest against Motagua was postponed, but Olimpia also still will have a game pending after it plays Platense.

    UPNFM head coach Salomon Nazar, meanwhile, said after Thursday night's loss that he may resign soon due to his sixth-place club's poor record in the Apertura (three wins, three draws and five defeats).

    The Marathon-UPNFM match was moved up to Thursday because the San Pedro Sula club will be playing a friendly match in the United States on Sunday.

    Matchday 11 will wrap up with four games on Sunday: Juticalpa-Vida, Platense-Olimpia, Real de Minas-Real España and Motagua-Honduras Progreso.

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