América booked their spot in the Apertura 2016 Gran Final with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) victory over Necaxa. The Rayos couldn’t keep their Cinderella run alive, with two late goals by the Águilas sealing the series. América is now off to Japan for the Club World Cup, and the Liga MX final will not be played until December 22nd and 25th as a result.
The first leg result put América in the driver’s seat tonight, as all they needed to advance was a goalless draw. Necaxa was obligated to score, and they came close on several occasions, even hitting the woodwork in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, the Rayos looked to the counterattack to find the goal they needed as they also looked to keep América from scoring and taking firm control of the series.
However, when the opening goal came, it was for the hosts. In the 74th minute, William da Silva ran onto a through ball from Renato Ibarra and sent his low shot from the top of the box past Marcelo Barovero to make it 1-0 (2-1).
That goal meant Necaxa now needed two, and that knowledge took some of the wind out of the Rayos’ sails. América added a second of their own through Oribe Peralta in the 84th minute to make it 2-0 (3-1) and put the final nail in Necaxa’s coffin.
With the 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win, América advances to the final while Necaxa is eliminated.
América: Moisés Muñoz, Paolo Goltz, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Pablo Aguilar, Ventura Alvarado, Edson Álvarez, William da Silva, Silvio Romero (Osvaldo Martínez 84′), Oribe Peralta, Renato Ibarra (José Daniel Guerrero 75′), Carlos Darwin Quintero.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Fernando Meza, Jairo González, Mario de Luna, Michel García (Claudio Riaño 72′), Jesús Isijara, Manuel Iturra, Luis Gallegos, Fabián Espíndola (Alejandro Díaz 82′), Edson Puch.