Oribe Peralta and Carlos Darwin Quintero, Santos Laguna’s all-time leading goalscorers in the CONCACAF Champions League – who are now both playing for América – had indicated they would not celebrate tonight should they score against their former team. It ended up being a moot point, however, as Santos Laguna and América played out a 0-0 draw in the Estadio Corona on Tuesday night in the first leg of their CCL semifinal series.
Santos Laguna looked to make their home field advantage count here, and Martín Bravo and Néstor Calderón were both able to create some opportunities, although neither could finish them.
In the 30th minute, América found a chance of their own through Osvaldo Martínez, whose shot from distance went just wide of the post. Quintero was also a consistent threat for the Águilas, and he forced Agustín Marchesín into action on more than one occasion.
In the second half, both teams turned primarily to shots from distance as they tried to catch out Marchesín and Moisés Muñoz. Calderón and Rubens Sambueza came the closest with their efforts, but the opening goal just wouldn’t come.
Santos and América both had penalty shouts turned down as well, with referee Luis Enrique Santander uninterested in the players’ claims for handballs and fouls.
With the 0-0 draw, the second leg will be a winner-takes-all affair. Should the two teams draw again, another 0-0 draw would send the game to extra time, while any tie with goals (1-1, 2-2, etc.) would see Santos advance thanks to the away goals tiebreaker.
Santos: Agustín Marchesín, José Javier Abella, Carlos Izquierdoz, Néstor Araujo, Jorge Villafaña, Jesús Molina, Diego Hernán González, Néstor Calderón, Ulises Dávila (Bryan Rabello 76′), Luis Mendoza (Djaniny Tavares 66′), Martín Bravo (Andrés Rentería 75′).
América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Erik Pimentel, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Michael Arroyo, Osvaldo Martínez, José Daniel Guerrero, Rubens Sambueza, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Andrés Andrade 63′), Oribe Peralta.