América beat arch-rival Chivas de Guadalajara 0-1 (1-2 aggregate) to emerge victorious in this Superclásico quarterfinal series. The first-leg draw meant this was a winner-takes-all affair, although Chivas, as the higher seed and the team with an away goal, was better positioned at kickoff as they needed just a goalless draw to go through.
The visiting Águilas were the ones who needed to go on the offensive and they looked to take the initiative with attacks down the wings, particularly through Carlos Darwin Quintero, who was active early on. But Chivas absorbed the pressure and defended well, and they nearly opened the scoring themselves through Carlos Cisneros in the 41st minute.
But the game went to halftime goalless. América came out determined to score in the second half and it didn’t take them long to break the deadlock after the restart. In the 54th minute, the Águilas won a corner kick and Oribe Peralta ran on to it and headed it home to make it 0-1 (1-2).
That goal forced Chivas to react, as they now needed to find at least one goal of their own. Matías Almeyda quickly went to his bench, but the substitutes were no more effective than the starting eleven; the goals just would not come.
Guadalajara was largely limited to more-or-less aimless crosses into the box, and América dealt with them well as the Águilas earned the shutout they needed to advance.
With the 0-1 (1-2 aggregate) win, América advances to the semifinals while Chivas is eliminated.
Chivas: Rodolfo Cota, Carlos Salcido, Jair Pereira, Edwin Hernández, José Juan Vázquez, Orbelín Pineda (Marco Bueno 65′), Isaác Brizuela, Jesús Sánchez, Carlos Peña (Néstor Calderón 64′), Alan Pulido, Carlos Cisneros (Javier López 54′).
América: Moisés Muñoz, Paolo Goltz, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Pablo Aguilar, Ventura Alvarado (Osvaldo Martínez 82′), Edson Álvarez, William da Silva, Renato Ibarra, Silvio Romero (Carlos Rosel 46′), Oribe Peralta, Carlos Darwin Quintero (José Daniel Guerrero 76′).