Campeones Cup: Atlanta vs América – Recap and Highlights

Image result for campeones cupThe Campeones Cup pits the winner of the previous MLS Cup against the winner of Liga MX’s Campeón de Campeones. In the inaugural 2018 edition, Tigres UANL beat Toronto FC.

This year, it was MLS’s turn, as Atlanta United came from behind to beat Club América 3-2.

The game started off well for the hosts, with Atlanta taking the lead in just the 5th minute. Dion Pereira played in Emerson Hyndman, whose low shot to the far post made it 1-0 for the MLs side.

América immediately began pressing for a response, and they looked dangerous in doing so. In the 9th minute, Renato Ibarra hit the woodwork; four minutes later, he scored. In the 13th minute, Roger Martínez took the ball to the endline before cutting it back for Ibarra, who sent his shot in off the crossbar to make it 1-1.

Atlanta had a golden opportunity to go back in front just before halftime. Following VAR review, Atlanta was awarded a penalty kick after Bruno Valdez fouled Pity Martínez in the box. Josef Marínez stepped up to take it, but Óscar Jiménez made the save and the follow-up attempt went wide.

In the second half, the Águilas took the lead. In the 57th minute, Roger Martínez connected with a corner kick; his initial attempt was cleared off the line by Hyndman, but Martínez tapped the rebound home to make it 1-2 for the visitors.

The lead didn’t last long, though, with Jeff Larentowicz leveling the game 2-2 with a powerful low shot in the 59th minute.

Atlanta then earned another penalty kick in the 65th minute after Guido Rodríguez brought down Florentin Pogba in the box. This time Josef Martínez converted it to put Atlanta back in front, 3-2.

Atlanta had a chance to add an insurance goal in the 70th with a free kick by Pity Martínez, but Bruno Valdez headed it off the line. Valdez’s night then came to an early close in the 72nd minute, when he was sent off for receiving a second yellow card.

Down to 10 men, América was unable to mount another turnaround and Atlanta held on for the 3-2 victory.


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