Club América won a record-setting 13th Liga MX title with their 2-0 aggregate victory against Cruz Azul in the Apertura 2018 Gran Final.
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Edson Álvarez scored twice tonight, in the 50th and 89th minutes, to give the Águilas the series lead and with it, the title.
It took 140 minutes and a mistake to break the deadlock in this Clásico Joven final. Jesús Corona tried to play the ball short out of the back to Iván Marcone, but the defender lost the ball under pressure by Oribe Peralta; he played it to Edson Álvarez, who sent it into the upper left corner to make it 1-0 for América.
The Apertura 2018 Liga MX season concludes this Sunday as América and Cruz Azul contest the second leg of the Gran Final.
The two played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg on Thursday, which leaves this match as a winner-takes-all affair. Unlike in the prior rounds of the playoffs, away goals are not tiebreakers, nor is seeding. If aggregate remains level, the game will go to extra time and then penalties if needed.
The Apertura 2018 playoffs continue this Thursday with the first leg of the Gran Final between Cruz Azul and América.
The final is a two-legged, home-and-away series (although in this case both legs are being played at the Estadio Azteca, which Cruz Azul has been sharing with América this season) decided by aggregate score.
Unlike in the prior rounds of the playoffs, away goals are not tiebreakers, nor is seeding. If the second leg of the final finishes level on aggregate, the game will go to extra time and then penalties if needed.
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.
Cruz Azul has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after beating Monterrey 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 1-0 Cruz Azul win tied the aggregate series score at 1-1; with away goals equal at zero apiece, La Máquina advanced with the higher seed tiebreaker.
It was not an easy victory for Cruz Azul, who were obligated to win this leg after losing on Wednesday night. They came out attacking but were unable to find the breakthrough, while Monterrey suffered a blow with the loss of Roldofo Pizarro to injury in the 36th minute.
The Apertura 2018 Liga MX playoffs continue this week with the semifinal round. Three of the top four seeds made it through the quarterfinals – some with more difficulty than others – and now a spot in the Gran Final is on the line for the remaining teams.
The semifinals are a two-legged, home-and-away series decided by aggregate score. Away goals are tiebreakers; if both the aggregate and the away goals are level, the higher seed will advance.
The pairings are as follows:
Cruz Azul (1) vs Monterrey (5)
América (2) vs Pumas UNAM (3)