MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Spaniard Unai Bilbao and Brazilian Lucas Bonatini scored on Saturday as Atlético de San Luis beat struggling America 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Clausura tournament in Mexico.
Bilbao scored the first goal of the match after 18 minutes and Bonatini scored for the visitors after 30 minutes.
Uruguayan Brian Rodríguez scored in the 87th for Águilas, who advanced with a 4–3 aggregate score after a 3–1 trip to the central city of San Luis Potosí.
Despite the surprise blow at the Azteca Stadium, the US are in the best-of-four stage and await the results of Sunday’s series to meet their rival in the next stage.
This is the third consecutive semi-final for the Eagles under Argentine coach Fernando Ortiz.
América, one of Mexico’s two most popular teams, is looking for its first league title since Apertura 2018.
San Luis took the lead from a corner kick, with Bilbao hitting a header that goalkeeper Luis Malagon hit the right post.
The visitors took the lead in the 30th minute when Bonatini’s header hit the left post.
The US dominated the second half, but lacked clarity to beat goalkeeper Andrés Sánchez.
Águilas did not secure his pass until the end of the match, when Chile’s Diego Valdés took a shot from outside the area that was parried by Sánchez and Uruguayan Rodríguez grabbed the rebound to score the only goal for the locals. .
Monterrey is part of
With scores from Rogelio Funes Mori and Argentine Maximiliano Meza, leaders Monterrey had no problems and beat Santos Laguna 2–0 to reach the semi-finals.
Funes Mori, born in Argentina but selected for Mexico in Qatar 2022, opened the scoring after three minutes and Meza went on to finish with a series-defining 68.
Los Rayados is waiting for the results of the other series to find out their next opponent.
Santos advanced to this stage via repechage after finishing 13th in the regular tournament.
The first leg had ended goalless.
Rayados took the lead when Fanis Mori took advantage of a rebound inside the area and fired a left-footed shot into the center of the goal.
Meza extended the lead when he received a pass down the right and converted with a low shot near the right post.