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2016 Liga MX Apertura: Five Conclusions from the Final

 
1) Centenary season with failed objectives.

There is no other way around it for las Aguilas. No Copa MX title, no Club World Cup, and no Liga MX title. If this were baseball, it would be three strikes and you are out.

From where Club America came from this season, changing coaches midway through the tournament and struggling to string together a decent style of play, it was a superb effort. But when you plan on winning big things for your “Centenario” going trophyless can only be described as a failure.

In coming days, as America reflect on the last six months, questions should be asked about the failure of the higher-ups to deliver on their promises.

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Club America hit back to earn 1-1 draw with Tigres in Liga MX final first leg

Ciudad de México, 22 de diciembre de 2016. , durante el partido de ida de la Final del torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre las Aguilas del América y los Tigres de la UANL, celebrado en el estadio Azteca. Foto: Imago7/Álvaro Paulin.

Ciudad de México, 22 de diciembre de 2016. , durante el partido de ida de la Final del torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre las Aguilas del América y los Tigres de la UANL, celebrado en el estadio Azteca. Foto: Imago7/Álvaro Paulin.

 
A second half Bruno Valdez goal earned Club America a draw as Ricardo La Volpe’s men held Tigres to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their 2016 Liga MX Final clash.

Las Aguilas arrived to this game on the back of a fourth place finish in the Club World Cup, while Tigres were playing their first competitive match in more than two weeks.

Despite the lack of competition, the visitors started brightly and pressed for the opener in the opening minutes of the match.

However, Club America recovered and earned a controversial penalty in the 26th minute when Oribe Peralta draw a tackle inside the box. The same Oribe Peralta stepped up, but the crossbar denied las Aguilas of the opener.

French frontman Andre-Pierre Gignac then slid past Paolo Goltz on the left wing before nutmegging Moises Munoz to give Tigres the lead.

In the second half, Club America went on the offensive and eventually drew leveled in the 68th minute. Bruno Valdez, who was partly to blame for Tigres’ first goal, responded by tapping home a Michael Arroyo corner to level the score.

Moments later, Andre-Pierre Gignac was stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious injury, further spoiling Tigres night.

Ricardo Lavolpe’s men finished the match strongly as the hosts looked for a late winner.

However, at the final whistle both sides settled for the 1-1 draw ahead of the second leg on Sunday at the Estadio Universitario.

 

Club America reach Liga MX final with victory over Necaxa

Ciudad de México, 4 de Diciembre de 2016. , durante el partido correspondiente a la vuelta de las Semifinales del Torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre las Águilas del América y los Rayos del Necaxa, celebrado en el estadio Azteca. Foto: Imago7/Marcos Domínguez

Ciudad de México, 4 de Diciembre de 2016. , durante el partido correspondiente a la vuelta de las Semifinales del Torneo Apertura 2016 de la Liga Bancomer MX, entre las Águilas del América y los Rayos del Necaxa, celebrado en el estadio Azteca. Foto: Imago7/Marcos Domínguez

 
Goals from William da Silva and Oribe Peralta helped Club America claim presence in yet another Liga MX final as they bat Necaxa 2-0 on Sunday.

Las Aguilas held the advantage after a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Victoria, but despite Necaxa’s need to score a goal, it was the hosts who controlled possession of the ball.

The first half was difficult for any observer, and it wasn’t until the second half that Necaxa picked up the ante, forcing Club America goalkeeper Moises Munoz to a number of good saves.

But while Necaxa’s chances came to nothing, Las Aguilas’ golden moment would come in the 75th minute. After receiving a long-ball from Moises Munoz, Oribe Peralta connected with Renato Ibarra. The Ecuadorian international then dinked the ball for William da Silva, who poked home past Marcelo Barovero to put the aggregate score 2-1 in America’s favor.

Les than 10 minutes later, Las Aguilas rattled their opponents a second time to effectively seal the tie. Osvaldo Martinez found Oribe Peralta on goal, and looking up,”Hermoso” took aim and drove a high shot beyond the goalkeeper for Club America’s second.

With Necaxa’s spirits completely dampened, the final whistle meant Las Aguilas will take on Tigres in the Liga MX final.

First, however, Club America will fly to Japan to open their participation in the Club World Cup and take on Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC on December 10.

 

William nets equalizer as Club America earn first leg draw at Necaxa

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Club America came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Necaxa in the first leg of their 2016 Liga MX Apertura semifinal.

After a pedestrian first period, where the best chance came from a long-distance shot by Jesus Isijara that was saved by Moises Munoz, Necaxa took the lead on 63 minutes. Luis Gallegos latched on to Isijara’s flick-on to burst into the area and fire in the go-ahead goal for the Hidrorayos.

Necaxa’s joy, though, was short-lived, and only five minutes later, after a serious of rebounds inside the box, William da Silva appeared on the edge of the box rifle home the equalizer, with the help of a deflection.

Sensing the 1-1 draw would be a fair result, Club America’s effective rearguard did well to prevent Necaxa from producing any better opportunities, and at the final whistle, Las Aguilas took home a slim advantage heading into Sunday’s second leg at the Estadio Azteca.

With the result, Necaxa will need to score at least once to have any chance of progressing to the Liga MX final.

 

Club America advance over rivals Chivas in Clasico Nacional quarterfinals

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Club America reached their second consecutive Liga MX semifinals after Oribe Peralta’s goal sealed a 2-1 aggregate win over rivals Chivas on Sunday.

Before the game, Club America needed a win to progress, as both sides ended leveled after the first leg.

Chivas played well in parts, and were happy to hold possession of the ball, with the visitors struggling to create chances.

But early in the second half, Club America got their go-ahead goal when Oribe Peralta thumped in a Carlos Darwin Quintero corner.

The goal left Chivas needing to score to go through against a hard-working America side.

Matias Almeyda brought on Javier Eduardo “La Chofis” Lopez to provide inspiration and unlock the door, but America’s defense looked as solid as ever.

America had the chance to double their lead on the counter, but at the final whistle, Ricardo Antonio La Volpe’s side did enough to seal their spot in the semifinals of Liga MX.