América took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Querétaro came back for a 1-1 draw in this Copa MX quarterfinal. The Águilas ultimately triumphed from the penalty spot, however, as they beat the Gallos Blancos 2-0 in the shootout to advance to the semifinals.
América opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Oribe Peralta, whose header beat Tiago Volpi to make it 1-0.
Peralta had two more good chances to add to América’s lead, but one was stopped by Volpi and the other one hit the post. The hosts continued their dominance in the second half, when they hit the woodwork again, this time through Carlos Darwin Quintero.
But in the 65th minute, Querétaro seized one of their few chances to tie the game. Javier Güémez tied the game 1-1 with a low shot from outside the box that beat Agustín Marchesín.
América then had a chance late on to retake the lead from the penalty spot. However, Quintero couldn’t convert the spot kick and regulation finished 1-1, sending the game to a shootout.
The shootout was not an impressive one. América scored their first two, through Peralta and Cecilio Domínguez, before Silvio Romero and Quintero missed; on the other side, Querétaro’s Miguel Martínez, Édgar Benítez, Camilo Sanvezzo, and Everaldo Stum all failed to convert.
With the 1-1 draw (2-0 shootout win), América advances to the semifinals while Querétaro is eliminated.