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Sunday, December 04, 2022

America adds 10 without losing and is a semifinalist in Mexico

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Henry Martin, Chile’s Diego Valdes and Alejandro Zendejas scored for America, which extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games by beating Puebla 3-2 on Saturday to become the first semifinalist in the Clausura tournament. in Mexico.

Martín opened the scoring at 42, Valdés converted a penalty at 58 and Zendejas gave the series a definitive course at 73.

The Eagles prevailed with a combined score of 4-2 and await the results of the other series to meet their next rival.

America has not lost since the ninth date, when it succumbed to Monterrey in the first game of Argentine coach Fernando Ortiz, who took over from his dismissed compatriot Santiago Solari.

Since then, the team has seven wins and three draws, and went from being last to qualifying directly for the group.

The Eagles will play their first semifinals since the 2019 Apertura when they reached the final but lost to Monterrey.

Israel Reyes at 45 and Venezuelan Fernando Aristeguieta at 90 scored for Puebla, who stayed on the edge of their first semifinals since Apertura 2021, when they lost to León.

The Spanish Álvaro Fidalgo put the Eagles in front in the 41st, taking advantage of a cross from the right to convert with a header to the right post to make it 1-0.

Puebla equalized before halftime on a corner kick play, in which Argentina’s Juan Pablo Segovia hit a header and left the ball to Reyes, who threw a bicycle kick and overcame Guillermo Ochoa’s shot.

América came close to taking the lead in the 51st, when Henry Martín hit a shot that hit the crossbar.

The Eagles regained the lead shortly after, when Diego de Buen fouled Paraguayan Bruno Valdez inside the box.

Valdés, the Chilean, charged the penalty that was rejected in the first instance by the Paraguayan goalkeeper Anthony Silva, but the VAR determined that he had gone ahead. In a second opportunity, Valdés converted with power.

Puebla came close to tying the game in the 72nd minute with a shot from Aristeguieta that Ochoa parried.

On the next play, Ochoa served fast for the Peruvian Pedro Aquino, who assisted Valdés. The Chilean sent the ball to Zendejas, who converted with a low shot to overcome Silva’s throw.

THE LEADER IS ALSO SEMIFINALIST

Argentine striker Nicolás Ibáñez signed a double and Pachuca beat Atlético de San Luis 3-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Clausura tournament

Ibáñez took advantage of a rebound inside the area to put the Tuzos ahead in the 48th minute. In the discounts, he added a goal for the Tuzos.

Argentine defender Gustavo Cabral added a goal at 68 for the locals, who were leaders after the 17 dates of the regular calendar and await results from the other two quarterfinal series to meet their next rival.

Ricardo Chávez at 52 and the Uruguayan Abel Hernández at 90 scored for Atlético de San Luis, who surprised Monterrey in the playoffs.

Pachuca took the lead when Ibáñez took advantage of a rebound from his compatriot Marcelo Barovero and converted with a shot inside the small area.

Atlético equalized soon after when Chávez appeared alone inside the area to score with a header.

Los Tuzos went ahead on the scoreboard on a corner kick play, in which Víctor Guzmán extended the ball with his head inside the box and Cabral finished off inside the box to make things 2-1.

Pachuca was able to extend their lead in the 78th but Ibáñez crashed his penalty kick off the crossbar.

As regulation time expired, Ibáñez took a cross down the left and scored with a shot off the right post.

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