The stage is set for one of Mexico’s top teams to be crowned champions after a long wait. Either Club America who has not won the league title since 2005 or Cruz Azul who has not lifted the league championship trophy since 1997 will end their drought.
The Liga MX championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 8:00PM local time (6:00PM pacific) from the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Cruz Azul picked up a valuable home win in the first leg of the final with a score of 1-0. Christian “Chaco” Gimenez was the goal scorer for the blue side. The “cementeros” will go into the final 90 minutes with something to protect, while their rivals Club America will have to chase the game.
While the “Aguilas” left the Estadio Azul with a defeat last Thursday night they did manage to scare Cruz Azul for a large portion of the game. Defenders Luis Amaranto Pereyra and Julio Cesar “Cata” Dominguez both had great game stopping the dangerous America attack, and goalkeeper Jesus Corona came up big at the right times just as an America equalizer looked imminent.
America outshoot Cruz Azul in this first game 25-7, but the lack of accuracy did not allow them to walk away with a better result. America will look to continue their dominant ways on Sunday evening, but will need to have better finishing in front of goal because in this game he who plays better does not always win.
Cruz Azul will need to rethink their strategy, after scoring the opening goal off of a corner kick and a defensive error by America’s Miguel Layun; the “cementeros” were pushed back by America who wanted the equalizer. They were dominated by their rivals and were able to walk away with the win only because of the great game their defenders and goalkeeper had. If they allow America to dominate play like they did in the first game, another Cruz Azul runners-up finish is in the making.
Important to note that the away goal rule that has been in place for the quarterfinals and semifinals stage is not in play during this final series. Only the aggregate score will count, and if there is a draw after both games there will be a 30 minute extra time divided into two 15 minute halves. If score is still tied then there we will have the drama of a penalty shoot-out to decide who ends their trophy-less drought.
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