América Reaches Apertura 2018 Final

América has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after a comprehensive 6-1 victory in the second leg of their semifinal series against Pumas UNAM. That result gave the Águilas a 7-1 aggregate victory.

The series had been anyone’s to take after a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Thursday, but América made short work of Pumas in their home leg this Sunday. The Águilas took the lead just 7 minutes into the game, when Renato Ibarra scored with a low shot that Alfredo Saldívar got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.

It briefly looked like Pumas would make a game of it when Carlos González made it 1-1 with his header following a corner kick, but América retook the lead minutes later and never looked back.

In the 27th minute, Bruno Valdez headed home a corner kick to make it 2-1; then, in the 35th, miscommunication in the back for Pumas saw Saldívar give the ball away after receiving a back pass, with Roger Martínez pouncing to make it 3-1.

América picked up where they left off in the second half, with Guido Rodríguez finishing off a corner kick just 45 seconds after the restart to make it 4-1. Diego Lainez made it 5-1 just four minutes after that, and a shell-shocked Pumas side was entirely unable to respond.

A 70th minute penalty kick, finished off by Víctor Aguilera, made it 6-1 for the Águilas.

Then, to add insult to injury for the universitarios, they finished the game with just 10 men after Alan Mozo was sent off in the 79th minute.

América will now take on Cruz Azul in the Gran Final.


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