The Tauro F.C., of Uruguayan Saul Maldonado, and Costa del Este, with the Venezuelan coach Ángel Sánchez, will try this weekend to seal their qualification to the final of the 2018 Apertura tournament of the Panamanian Soccer League (LPF).
In the first leg, Tauro took a 2-0 lead, with goals from Enrico Small and Colombia's Gustavo Chara, against Árabe Unido, while the costeños, with Ernesto Sinclair's hat trick, have a 3-1 advantage over San Francisco.
Tauro who at home looked solid in all sectors will arrive tomorrow Friday at Colón, on the Panamanian Atlantic coast, to maintain the advantage and their dominance over Árabe Unido, led by Colombian coach José "Chicho" Pérez.
At the 2018 Apertura, Maldonado's Tauro has beaten "Chicho" Pérez' team twice (4-1 and 2-0) and a goalless draw.
For "Chicho" Perez, the return duel will be intense, but the 2-0 advantage can be flipped, to get into the final.
Maldonado is aware that playing in Colón "is difficult", but "keeping the score at zero in the first leg as a visitor is key".
In the 2018 Clausura, Tauro and Árabe Unido saw themselves in the same situation, in the same scenario, with the Tauro team favored with a 2-2 draw that led them to the final, thanks to two goals by Enrico Small, former Árabe player and that he scored in the first leg of this semifinal key.
Costa del Este is quieter, with an advantage in the first leg of 3-1.
The Venezuelan coach Ángel Sánchez and his team want to be the third recently promoted team to the Panamanian first division to play the final.
The Costa del Este coach, after the victory in the first leg, said he had won, but "the qualifying round is 180 minutes long and there are still 90 minutes left to play."
"The second half is still left to play, today's result is fundamental in this instance, in this team we all want to take this project forward, we are small but we do not have complexes," he said.
In front of them is the Colombian coach Sergio "Checho" Angulo leading San Francisco, with an almost impossible mission in the return of this semifinal key, which will be defined on Saturday at the Rommel Fernandez, in the Panamanian capital.
"Checho" accepted that on the first leg the "Costa del Este was more effective than us", but that "key is still open".
The "monks" do not play a final since 2014 and on that occasion they lifted the title.