Marathon, Comunicaciones into quarterfinals

Marathon of Honduras and Comunicaciones of Guatemala reached the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with victories on Thursday in the final round of group games.

Marathon defeated San Juan Jabloteh 4-2 on three second-half goals by Jerry Nelson Palacios in a match played in Trinidad. The victory gave Marathon 12 points in six games and secured second place in Group B.

Comunicaciones defeated Pumas of Mexico 2-1 in a Group D game. Comunicaciones finished second to Pumas with nine points.

The eight qualifiers for the quarterfinals are: Mexican clubs Pachuca, Toluca, Cruz Azul and Pumas. They are joined by Arabe Unido of Panama, Columbus Crew of the United States, Marathon of Honduras and Comunicaciones of Guatemala.

The draw for the quarterfinals is Nov. 17.