América earned a 2-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia in the second leg of their semifinal series to level the aggregate at 2-2. With away goals not coming into play, the Águilas earned a place in the Gran Final thanks to the higher-seed tiebreaker.
América came into this one needing to score at least two goals, and they went on the attack from the beginning. The breakthrough came in the 37th minute, when Renato Ibarra’s shot from outside the box took a deflection off the defense and beat Sebastián Sosa to make it 1-0 (1-2 aggregate).
Ibarra injured himself during that play and had to be subbed off for Roger Martínez in the 39th minute. That setback didn’t faze América at all, though, and before halftime the Águilas had found the all-important second goal.
In the 43rd minute, Martínez sent the ball in from the right and Federico Viñas stooped to head it home, giving América the 2-0 lead and tying the aggregate at 2-2 – with the tiebreakers in the Águilas’ favor.
Morelia looked for a reaction in the second half, knowing that just one goal would change everything. They thought they had found it in the 72nd minute from a set piece, but José Ortiz’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside following VAR review.
Soon after that, América had a goal disallowed as well, with Roger Martínez’s would-be goal ruled out for a handball in the buildup in the 77th minute.
Morelia kept pressing until the end, but unlike in the quarterfinals, there were no stoppage-time goals to save them, and América held on to the win and the shutout.
With the 2-0 win (2-2 aggregate draw), América advances to the final while Morelia is eliminated.