FC Juárez came out attacking as they looked to be the first second-division side to win the title since 2012, and they had the first clear chance of the game in the 14th minute when Lucas Xavier tried his luck from distance and was inches away from opening the scoring.
The Clausura 2019 Copa MX final feature two teams looking for historic victories. FC Juárez is looking for the first Copa MX title in their history, while América is looking to break the record for most professional-era Copa MX titles.
The Bravos are the first Ascenso MX team to make the final since Oaxaca in the Clausura 2014 tournament, and will look to be the first second-tier side to win it since Dorados de Sinaloa in the Apertura 2012 tournament.
The Águilas, meanwhile, have five Copa MX titles in the professional era – tied with León – but this is their first cup final since the 1990-91 season.
Tijuana got revenge after América knocked them out of the Copa MX in midweek by handing the Águilas a 3-2 defeat in league play. The result extends the Xolos’ home winning streak to five, while América saw their five-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off well for the Águilas, who took the lead in the 13th minute. Guido Rodríguez sent a long-range effort unerringly into the back of the net to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
América earned a 3-0 victory against Tigres UANL to continue their climb up the table. The result gives the Águilas three wins in a row while the universitarios saw their eight-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 5th minute. Bruno Valdez took advantage of an error by Nahuel Guzmán, who came off his line and got stranded, to finish off his own rebound off the crossbar and make it 1-0 for the Águilas.
Chivas de Guadalajara and América faced off for the second time in four days – in the Copa MX and now in the league – and the result was the same: a 2-0 win for the Águilas. The result gives América back-to-back wins and keeps them unbeaten in four, while El Rebaño are winless in four, with three losses in that span.
Chivas, having lost the first SuperClásico, looked to bounce back in this one, where they were the home team. But the hosts struggled to get into the game. Alejandro Zendejas, making his league debut on the left wing in place of the injured Carlos Cisneros, was a weak point, and Renato Ibarra took full advantage in the third minute.
América dominated the game, but they struggled to make anything of their possession. Mateus Uribe, Nicolás Castillo, Renato Ibarra, and Jorge Sánchez all had opportunities in the first half, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the Águilas off the board.
Bruno Valdez of América and Colin Kazim-Richards of Veracruz were given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Daniel Arreola of Puebla was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
América got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result snapped a two-game losing streak for the Águilas, while the Licántropos have now lost two of their last three – and three in a row on the road.
América came out looking to put their home field advantage to good use, and they created chances from the beginning, but it took them half an hour to find the breakthrough. In the 32nd minute, Edson Álvarez just kept the ball in play along the end line and played it back to Jorge Sánchez, who played a cross into the box for Henry Martín to head home. 1-0.
Pumas UNAM claimed bragging rights in the Clásico Capitalino with a 1-0 victory against América. The result gave the universitarios their first home win of the season and their second win in a row, while the Águilas suffered a second straight defeat.
The game was high-energy from the beginning, no surprise in a rivalry match, and the first good chance came in just the 5th minute. América won a free kick in a dangerous position and Nicolás Castillo sent his attempt just over the bar.
Pumas UNAM vs América – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (15th) beat Querétaro 0-2 last weekend to give them a long-awaited first victory of the Clausura. The universitarios will now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this rivalry match. Pumas is unbeaten at home, with a string of draws, but they’ll be looking for more in this Clásico Capitalino – especially since they’re facing the team who bounced them out of the playoffs last season with a humiliating 6-1 loss.
As for América (8th), the Águilas fell 0-3 to León last weekend to send them into this rivalry match on the back of a loss. América has alternated wins and losses over the past four weeks, and they’ll hope that pattern means they’ll be due a victory in the Clásico. They’ve been a strong attacking team, scoring two or more goals in every match until last weekend’s, and they’ll look for another goal-filled performance in this one.