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.
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.
Marcelo Barovero was the hero as Necaxa moved on to the Liga MX semifinals after a goalless draw with Pachuca on Sunday.
Despite being outplayed for the majority of the match, Necaxa coped well enough to ensure progress courtesy of their 2-1 win in the first leg.
It was a largely Pachuca dominated match, and goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero’s influence in the game cannot be understated. The former River Plate man made a total of nine saves to keep the defending champions out.
In the closing stages of the match, Pachuca’s frustrations were compounded by an injury to Hirving “Chucky” Lozano. The Mexican international was hurt in a hefty challenge from Cluadio Riano, who received his marching orders as a result of the tackle.
The disruption robbed Pachuca of one of their best players, but the Tuzos rallied on, mounting forward in search of the equalizer.
At the end, though, it hardly mattered as Necaxa did their job to set-up a semifinal clash with Club America.
Chivas set up a date with rivals Club America in the Liguilla quarterfinals after settling for a 1-1 draw with Necaxa on Saturday.
Defender Fernando Meza opened the scoring for the Rayos following a smart one-two from Jesus Isijara in the 14th minute.
But Chivas equalized shortly after the half-hour mark when Alan Pulido stepped up and fired in a superb free-kick past goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero.
The end of the first half saw Edson Puch receive a second yellow for a tackle on Jesus “Chapo” Sanchez, leaving the visitors down to ten men for the rest of the game.
In the second half, the hosts came close to taking the lead when Alan Pulido sent a header just wide of the goal before Rodolfo Cota came to Chivas’s rescue by denying Fabian Espindola from close range.
At the end, though, neither team could find the winner as both teams settled for a hard-earned point.
The result was enough to send Necaxa through to the quarterfinals of the Liguilla, while Chivas moved up to fourth and will face rivals Club America in the quarterfinals
Necaxa moved within a point of clinching a place in the Liguilla in their first season back in Mexico’s top-tier as the Rayos brushed aside Puebla 3-1 on Saturday.
Jesus Isijara, whose contributions this season for Necaxa have been huge, opened the scoring when he poked home in the 31st minute.
An easy victory looked on the cards after a penalty was called for an Edgar Duenas tackle inside the box. Edson Puch stepped up, but Cristian Campestrini saved to keep Puebla in the game.
In the second half, against the run of play, Puebla grabbed an equalizer through Jeronimo Amione when he took advantage of some bad timing from goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero.
But Necaxa’s reply was almost immediate and Marcos Gonzalez headed home from a Jairo Gonzalez corner to regive Necaxa the lead.
Puebla tried desperately for a leveler, but in the closing stages of the game, Robert Herrera was sent off for a handball inside the box. This time, Edson Puch made no mistake from the penalty spot to seal all three points for Necaxa.
Next, needing just a point to make the Liguilla, Necaxa close out the regular season against Chivas, while Puebla, who are essentially eliminated, will host Pumas UNAM.