MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — The United States will draw attention to a rich history of comebacks when they host Toluca in the semi-final second leg of the Mexican Apertura tournament final on Saturday night.
The Eagles lost 2-1 in the first leg and thanks to the fact that they were the leaders in the regular stage, they need any victory to keep alive their desire to win the 14th crown in their history, the 2018 Apertura’s win. After the first time.
In the second key, Pachuca secured a 5-2 win over Monterrey in a series that would be defining Sunday night.
“We have a feeling that the series is more alive than ever, that gap goal has kept us alive and we have to take advantage of that at home with our guys,” said Argentine coach Fernando Ortiz. “The closer the final, the more tension there is going to be.”
America entered the league as the first candidate for the title. Their 14-game unbeaten streak, with only one draw since day six of the match, looked like a solid credit.
Then, in the quarterfinals, they defeated Puebla with an 11–2 aggregate score, one of the worst performances played in Mexico since the seventies in playoff history. The difference was equal to the historic maximum that Toluca’s 9–0 over Poblanos in the summer of 2000.
“If we all thought we were going to win again by a landslide, we were completely wrong, that’s the reality,” Ortiz, who reached the semi-finals of the second consecutive tournament with the Eagles, said.
Toluca, one of the teams most invested in signing over summer break, took a while to join the half-dozen players that came on the team, but they came off strong and it won’t be easy.
The Red Devils will enter the second leg on a five-match winning streak.
The team led by Ignacio Ambriz finished sixth in the regular tournament. In the playoffs they defeated Ciudad Juárez and in the quarterfinals they made a surprise defeat by defeating Santos, who finished third.
“We have 95 or 100 minutes left, we haven’t achieved anything yet, we just got a great result and we have to keep our feet on the ground,” said strategist Ignacio Ambris. “As a coach you would like to go with a 3-0 lead, but 2-1 helps, we’ll think we’re going 0-0”.
America has made several epic comebacks throughout its history, closing in at home in Liguila defining matches from the 1980s to the most recent, including the final against Cruz Azul for the Clausura 2013, the semi-final against Toluca at Apertura 2013. , including the final. 2014 Apertura against Tigress and last year’s Apertura semi-final against Morelia.
To move on, they’ll need one more.