Cruz Azul beat Tigres UANL 2-1 on Wednesday night to become the first Leagues Cup champion.
The game, played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, was an intense one despite the newness of the competition. There was a large scuffle in the first half, with players from both sides showing high emotions. Despite the intensity, the goals were a long time in coming, with neither side wanting to concede first in a final.
The breakthrough came from the penalty spot. In the 71st minute, Yoshimar Yotún converted the PK to give Cruz Azul the 0-1 lead, to the delight of the largely pro-Máquina crowd.
Just two minutes later, Yotún set up Jonathan Rodríguez for Cruz Azul’s second, and all of a sudden La Máquina seemed in complete control, up 0-2 in the 73rd.
But in the waning moments Guido Pizarro reduced the deficit to 1-2 to set up a frenetic finale, with the specter of another “Cruzazuleada” hanging over La Máquina. But this time, they were able to hold on to the lead and the title, despite the dramatic finale in which goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was red carded deep in stoppage time for an off-the-ball shoulder charge.