La Máquina looked dangerous from the beginning, with their first good chance coming in the 3rd minute; on the counterattack, Roberto Alvarado found Édgar Méndez, but his shot went over the bar. Then, in the 17th minute, Yosimar Yotún forced a good save out of Hugo González as Cruz Azul continued to look for the opener.
Mexico continued their dominance of CONCACAF on Sunday night as they beat the U.S. 1-0 to become the 2019 Gold Cup champions. That gives El Tri their record-setting 8th Gold Cup title and marks the fifth time they’ve beat the U.S. in the final in six meetings there.
The U.S. had a pair of great chances in the opening 10 minutes, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore combining well, but Guillermo Ochoa stopped Pulisic and Altidore couldn’t get his attempt on frame.
Mexico needed some time to get into the game but they created a few chances of their own as the half wore on. The game went to halftime goalless, but in the second 45 the game tilted decisively in Mexico’s favor.
The Haitians had been the surprise of the tournament with an upset victory against Costa Rica in the group stage and an epic come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Canada in the quarterfinals, but their Cinderella story couldn’t stretch to getting them to the final.
Mexico dominated possession form the opening whistle – with 76% of it in the first half – but Haitian goalkeeper Jhony Placide was in fine form to keep El Tri off the board. His best save of the half came against Raúl Jiménez, when he made a diving stop to keep out the header.
The game started off fairly evenly, with neither team able to dominate. There were scattered chances at both ends, but few clear-cut opportunities, with the rhythm of the game frequently interrupted by fouls: a total of 12 yellow cards were issued during the game, 10 to players and one to each coach.
With advancement all-but-assured, Tata Martino made six changes to the starting XI that beat Canada on Wednesday; nevertheless, Mexico controlled possession for most of the game. In the 29th minute, Uriel Antuna continued his breakout performance as he cut in to the top of the box and sent a low shot into the corner to make it 1-0 for El Tri with his fourth goal of the tournament.
Mexico kept their momentum going with a 3-1 victory against Canada in their second game of the 2019 Gold Cup. The win means – failing some highly unlikely scenarios in the final pair of Group A games – that Mexico will advance to the quarterfinals.
Canada proved much more of a test for Mexico than Cuba had, and the Canadians stymied El Tri for long stretches – with frustrations on the sidelines leading to a brief shouting match between coaches Tata Martino and John Herdman.
Mexico are one of the favorites to win the tournament, and no one expected Cuba to put up much resistance – and they didn’t. Uriel Antuna, a last-minute addition to the team in place of the injured Jorge Sánchez, finished off a rebound off the post in just the second minute to put Mexico up 1-0 with his first goal for the senior national team.
The Vinotinto grabbed a surprise lead in the 18th minute, when Jhon Murillo scored from outside the box with an effort that appeared to have been intended as a cross – only to go over goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco and then go in off the underside of the crossbar.
Tigres UANL claimed the Clausura 2019 title after a 1-0 aggregate victory against León in the Gran Final. The championship is the 7th for the universitarios, and Ricardo Ferretti is now tied with Ignacio Trelles for most titles won by a coach.
Tigres went into tonight’s game with the advantage after having picked up a 1-0 home win in the first leg, and that turned out to be the decisive goal as they played out a 0-0 draw in the second leg.
León, the highest-scoring team in league play, came out attacking but were frustrated by a well-organized Tigres’ defense, and were also hampered by the injury-forced substitution of Golden Boot winner Ángel Mena in the first half.
Tigres came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use, and they had a pair of early opportunities through André-Pierre Gignac and Eduardo Vargas. At the other end, Vinicio Angulo had a chance in the 9th minute after being played in by Ángel Mena, but he couldn’t put his attempt on target.