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.
América earned a comfortable 4-1 victory against 10-man Veracruz – despite missing a penalty – to confirm the Águilas’ second-place finish and keep the Tiburones Rojos in last place. The result ends a three-game winless streak for América, who are unbeaten in 11, while Veracruz wraps up the season with a 10-game winless streak.
This game was played at Toluca’s Estadio Nemesio Diez due to poor field conditions in the Estadio Azteca, but the change of venue didn’t appear to bother América at all as they took the lead in the very first minute of play. Cecilio Domínguez sent a cross in from the left for Roger Martínez, who finished it off at the top of the six-yard box to make it 1-0.
Santos Laguna took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season but winless in two overall, while the Águilas are winless in three but unbeaten in 10.
The visitors had the first good chance of the game in the 9th minute, when Guido Rodríguez got past Osvaldo Martínez and tried his luck from distance, but Jonathan Orozco made the save. Santos responded with a chance from Eduar Preciado that Agustín Marchesin saved; Julio César Furch tried to finish off the rebound with a diving header, but his attempt went wide.
It was honors even in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Joven as Cruz Azul and América played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in eight games and at the top of the table, while La Máquina remains unbeaten at home but winless in two overall.
The game started off at a fast pace, with América creating the first chance in just the 2nd minute as Diego Lainez saw his shot blocked by Pablo Aguilar. Moments later at the other end, Elías Hernández put his volley just wide.
América took an early lead and fought off a comeback attempt as they picked up a 2-3 away win against Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in six – and gives them a three-game road winning streak – while the universitarios saw their own six-game unbeaten streak halted.
The scoring started early in this one, with América taking the lead in just the 8th minute. Roger Martínez ran on to a deflected shot at the end line and he sent it back across the face of goal, where Bruno Valdez was lurking at the far post to make it 0-1.
10-man América managed a stoppage time goal to give them a 2-3 away win against Puebla. The result is a third straight win for the Águilas, who are unbeaten in four, while the Poblanos saw their two-game winning streak snapped.
The visitors looked the better side from the start, and they quickly caused problems for Puebla’s defense. In the 6th minute, Anderson Santamaría was called for a handball in the box and Cecilio Domínguez scored the ensuing penalty to give América the 0-1 lead.
América beat Monarcas Morelia 2-1 in a game that saw the visitors finish with just nine men after two stoppage-time red cards. The result is a second straight win for the Águilas, who remain unbeaten at home this season, while the michoacanos have now lost back-to-back games and are winless in four.
América came out attacking and the hosts had the first good chance of the game through Henry Martín in the very first minute, but his attempt ended up just wide. The hosts had the majority of the chances with another good opportunity coming through Emanuel Aguilera in the 17th minute.
América earned a 0-2 away win against Lobos BUAP in the final game of Jornada 8. The result is a fourth straight loss for the Licántropos, who are winless in six, while the Águilas snapped a three-game winless streak and are now unbeaten in two.
Lobos were looking to get back on track on home ground, but it was América who had the first good chance of the game with an early corner kick. Guido Rodríguez connected with the set piece, but Jordan Sierra made the defensive play to preserve the draw in the 3rd minute.
Toluca vs Santos Laguna – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (8th) fell 1-2 to León last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. The Diablos Rojos failed to win in midweek as well, where they drew 2-2 with FC Juárez in the Copa MX. They’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one, and they’re traditionally hard to beat at home (last week’s result notwithstanding). Toluca has one of the better attacking records in the league and they’re average two gaols a game at home this season; they’ll look to keep that pace up in this one.
As for Santos Laguna (3rd), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in two but unbeaten in five. They avoided defeat in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX in midweek. Santos has a bit of a mixed record on the road so far, though, where they’re 1-1-1. But they’re just three points out of first place and they’ll be looking for a win in this one against a Toluca side that’s been on a bit of a slide as of late.