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América beats Tigres in the Liga MX final

2023-12-19T14:52:09+00:00
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  • América beats Tigres.
  • There is a new Liga MX champion.
  • Mexican soccer fans are thrilled.

The Azteca Stadium hosted the exciting Apertura 2023 Grand Final.

The Águilas del América sought to win their fourteenth title in front of their fervent fans, facing the current Liga MX champions.

However, the challenge was not easy against such a powerful rival.

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Both teams made changes to their lineups. Forty-five minutes into the second half of the match, nine minutes were added.

However, the end of the match arrived without a winner! América and Tigres headed into overtime. Tigres was left with two fewer players on the field.

Julián Quiñones scored a goal for América and set the course of the game in the first minutes of the first overtime. It didn’t take long for the team to score the second goal and in the final moments the third one.

The Nuevo León team failed to recover in extra time and América was crowned the champions Liga MX on Sunday with a 4-1 aggregate score.

First half of the Liga MX final

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The first half of the match ended! América and Tigres left the field at halftime with an even score and no goals.

Julián Quiñones missed the clearest opportunity of the match, without a mark in front of Nahuel’s goal.

Three minutes of extra time were added to the first half.

América had a free kick that reached the Tigres zone.

First minutes of the game

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Yellow card! Rafael Carioca received a warning after slapping Henry Martín, according to Telediario.

Malagón avoided a 1-0 lead for Tigres after a header from Gignac.

Julián Quiñones committed a foul on Lainez near the América area. Diego Reyes was cautioned for a foul on Henry.

Nahuel Guzmán saved Tigres from a powerful shot by Diego Valdés, brilliantly assisted by Quiñones.

América sought to end their dry spell

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For almost five years, América has tried different ways to win its 14th league crown. Up to now they have all failed, but this was another opportunity.

The Águilas looked to take the first step toward breaking their dry spell Thursday night when they visited reigning champion Tigres for the first leg game for the final of the Apertura tournament in Mexico.

América, one of the two most popular teams in Mexico, won their last championship on December 16, 2018 when they defeated Cruz Azul, according to AP.

Since then, their greatest achievement was reaching the final of the 2019 Apertura, which they lost to Monterrey, they then lost in the semifinals in the last three consecutive tournaments.

América vs Tigres in the final

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América and Tigres had their first clash and no one could take the lead, according to AP.

That changed on Sunday when two of the most dominant teams in Mexican soccer met again to compete in the Apertura tournament.

On Thursday, the Águilas took the lead with a goal from Henry Martín, but a defensive oversight in a corner kick gave the university team the tie with a header from Ozziel Herrera.

The champion team would be the one that wins the aggregate score or wins on penalties if the tie remains after 120 minutes.

‘We are planning something big’

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“The most important thing is to do what you must and for me our team deserved better luck,” said Brazilian coach André Jardine.

«We set out to do something big from day one and on Sunday it will be time to pursue what we set out to do from the beginning,» he added, according to AP.

Jardine is only experiencing his first tournament with the Águilas, who are in their first final since the Apertura 2019 and are looking for their first title since the Apertura 2018.

If it achieve the goal they set, the azulcremas will reach 14 league titles and would separate themselves two from Chivas, which is the second most successful team in the country.

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