América and Chivas de Guadalajara played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Superclásico quarterfinal series. The Águilas took the lead but couldn’t hold it as a penalty put Chivas back on level footing.
The game was intense from the opening whistle, as these rivalry matches always are, and the hosts took the lead in the 23rd minute. Silvio Romero and William da Silva combined well before the Brazilian beat Rodolfo Cota to make it 1-0 for América.
However, the half went downhill from there for the Águilas. Rubens Sambueza left the game injured in the 38th minute and Chivas began to have the better of the chances. Carlos Peña hit the post as Guadalajara pushed for an equalizer before halftime.
Then, in first half stoppage time, Edson Álvarez was called for a foul on Peña in the box, and Chivas had the chance to level the game from the penalty spot. Carlos Salcido took the PK and calmly buried it to make it 1-1.
In the second half, both teams looked for a winning goal. Moisés Muñoz and Rodolfo Cota were both called upon to make saves but the game was fairly well balanced and neither América nor Chivas could find a second goal.
The result means Sunday’s second leg will be a winner-takes-all affair. Should the two teams draw again, a 0-0 or 1-1 result would advance Chivas, while a draw with two or more goals would see América through.
América: Moisés Muñoz, Gil Burón, Edson Álvarez, Pablo Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Miguel Ángel Samudio (Michael Arroyo 66′), Renato Ibarra, William da Silva, Rubens Sambueza (Osvaldo Martínez 38′), Carlos Darwin Quintero, Silvio Romero (Oribe Peralta 61′).
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Jesús Sánchez, Carlos Salcido, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández, Michael Pérez (José Juan Vázquez 51′), Orbelín Pineda, Isaác Brizuela (Javier López 71′), Carlos Peña, Carlos Cisneros, Alan Pulido.