2019 Campeón de Campeones – Recap and Highlights

It went all the way to penalty kicks, but in the end América won the 2019 Campeón de Campeones title with a 6-5 shootout victory against Tigres UANL.

The game started out with both teams battling for control; play was concentrated in midfield and there were few goal-scoring chances of note. Tigres had a promising-looking attack in the 12th minute, but as Lucas Zelarayán prepared to shoot, Bruno Valdez sent the ball out for a corner.

América’s first good chance came in the 15th minute through Renato Ibarra, who nutmegged his defender before sending his shot over the bar.

Ibarra was involved again in the 35th minute, when he sent a good ball into the box; Jorge Sánchez outjumped his defender, but his header ended up going just high. A few minutes later, the Águilas had another opportunity, this time through Paul Aguilar, but after some good play to get into the box, his shot was weak.

The second half started at a blistering pace and Tigres nearly grabbed the lead in the 48th minute. Following a corner kick, the ball deflected off Bruno Valdez and hit the post as América came within inches of an own-goal.

Soon after that, André-Pierre Gignac got his head to the ball but couldn’t get his attempt on frame.

América came close in the 57th minute after good interplay between Andrés Ibargüen and Jorge Sánchez led to a dangerous cross into the box. An unmarked Henry Martín sent a good header towards goal, but Nahuel Guzmán made a great save to deny him.

Guzmán was called into action again in the 73rd minute to stop a free kick by Nicolás Castillo; then, in the 90th minute, he cut out a cross and made the follow-up save on Paul Aguilar’s volley to keep the game 0-0.

On it went to penalties.

Agustín Marchesín was the hero of the shootout as he made three saves and converted the winning kick to give América the 6-5 victory.


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