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NEW YORK - Isidro Metapan of El Salvador and Olimpia of Honduras became the first teams to qualify for a fifth straight CONCACAF Champions League, winning their domestic Apertura crowns over the weekend to secure berths in next season's championship.

Municipal extended its record with a 29th Guatemalan league title, defeating Comunicaciones for the Apertura trophy Sunday and a third straight berth in Champions League. And Alajuelense outlasted Herediano on penalties to win the Costa Rican Invierno for a second consecutive trip to the confederation championship.

Real Esteli also moved closer to a third berth and second straight appearance in the Champions League, beating Walter Ferreti 3-2 at home on Saturday to complete a 4-3 aggregate win for the Nicaraguan Apertura title. Nicaragua gets one berth in the Champions League, awarded to the team between the Apertura and Clausura champion with the best record over the two seasons.

Metapan won its fifth Salvadoran title in seven seasons Sunday, beating Once Municipal 1-0 on Paolo Suarez's lone goal in the 51st minute. Metapan, whose manager Edwin Portillo tied a record by winning his sixth Salvadoran league championship, will face Pumas in the quarterfinals of this season's Champions League in March.

In Honduras, Carlos Mejia scored twice in the final nine minutes to give Olimpia a 2-0 win at Real Espana on Saturday and complete a 3-0 aggregate victory. Mejia also scored late in the first let on December 11.

Darwin Oliva scored his second goal in as many games in the 16th minute of Municipal's 2-0 Sunday win over Comunicaciones, completing a 4-0 aggregate victory in a clash between Guatemala's two most titled teams.

And Alajuelense moved within two trophies of equaling Saprissa for the most in Costa Rican history with its penalty shootout victory over Herediano. After last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg, Marcelo Sarvas gave Alajuelense a lead in the 55th but Jose Cordero equalized in the 72nd and send the match ultimately to penalties, where Liga prevailed 6-5.

The results increased the number of teams qualified for next season's Champions League to 11 in the 24-team field.

Qualified teams for the 2011-2013 CONCACAF Champions League