*) . . (*4) (*5) (*6) (*7) (*8) (*3) (*4) (*5) (*6) (*7) (*8) (*1) Club America/Puebla Prediction Club America finished at the same point in the league season, and tied in the quarterfinals. It was identical to their encounter in week one of the Clausura Season.
Club America was the dominant team in the first leg. This trend is likely to continue in this leg. They did not have the majority of the ball, but they enjoyed attacking and had 12 shots at goal when they did. Ortiz would have won the game if it wasn’t for Puebla’s strong defense. They’d be in the semi-final.
Fernando Aristeguieta was the first to score, and it came 10 minutes after the restart. Puebla managed only one goal, but scored their second. Club America were made to work hard for their comeback and had to wait until the 80th minute for their goal. Sebastian Caceres brought them to a level playing field. The game finished 1-1, with neither team able to catch up.
The referee had to give out nine yellow cards as he was constantly occupied by players during the match. The Puebla team received 7 cards while Club America was given one per half. The two managers were able to get the cards without any players picking up second bookings. Therefore, they aren’t suspended from the second leg.
Club America are on an unbeaten run and need to keep it going
Club America has not lost a game in competitive play since the 2-1 defeat to Monterrey at March’s start. Alvaro Fidalgo scored Joel Campbell’s goal, while Rogelio Funes Moi got the victory for the home side. This was their first match since the sacking of Santiago Solari. Fernando Ortiz did a great job turning it around.
Club America scored their first points with a draw against Guadalajara. Ortiz made it possible for Club America to build a solid defense that would provide the basis for an incredible season.
How the Impressive Run Was Made
Roger Martinez, Diego Valdes, and Alejandro Zendejas scored inside the first 18 minutes of the game against Toluca, and Club America had got their first win under the interim manager. With a goal against Club Necaxa in the last minute of injury-time, Diego Valdes assisted them to their second consecutive win. It was Ortiz’s goal that ended the match at 1-0.
In the following game, Alejandro Zendejas scored again as Club America won 3-0 over Juarez FC. Federico Vinas, Diego Valdes and Alvaro Fidalgo added two more goals to give them a 3-0 win over Juarez FC.
Facundo ferreyra scored an own goal to give them the advantage over Club Tijuana. Alvaro Fidalgo and Alejandro Zendejas were not able to get on the scoresheet. The match was ended at 3-1 by Joaquin Montecinos, who scored Tijuana’s loen goal.
Ending Strongly Richard Sanchez scored in the second game. Club Leon took matters into their own hands when Jose Rodriguez and Victor Davila were sent off just before the hour. Zendejas again made the score sheet before Leon got Leon his third red card. They lost 2-0. In the final game of the season,
Club America beat 2nd-placed Tigres UNAL. Henry Martin and Diego Valdes scored the goals that helped them win comfortably by 2-0.
They needed to win in order to make it to the last 4 but they managed to draw with Puebla. They finished 4th, with a draw against Cruz Azul. This allowed them to qualify directly for the quarterfinals.
Injuries and Suspensions
Daniel Aguilar was injured during the first half of the quarterfinals’ second leg. He is doubtful for this match. Fernando Ortiz is fine. He has not been injured or suffered a suspension headache.
Puebla still looking to arrest Freefall at End of League Stage
Puebla experienced one of the most disappointing endings of the league season. To finish in the top 4, they needed only one point from each of their three previous matches, but lost all three.
They were facing Pachuca in the first match and weren’t expected to win. They did well to hold the league leaders for the majority of the game after Victor Guzman scored the lone goal in the 11th minute. Puebla needed to win two more games, and they had no trouble with their opponents.
From Below Par to Abysmal But Club Necaxa managed to surprise the third placed team and take all three points. Puebla believed they were penalized in the final minute of injury. Milton Gimenez gave them the lead in the second period. VAR overturned the decision, and Puebla had only one chance to save their place at the top 4.
They were playing Mazatlan who was desperate to win in order to reach the playoffs. The home team was in great form, having won their three previous matches.
Oswaldo Alanis gave Mazatlan the lead just two minutes into the second period. Puebla, however, made matters worse by giving their opponent a penalty only three minutes later. Marco Fabian was unflinching and scored a goal to make it 2-0 for the home team.
Puebla failed to get past the home defense until the 94th minute when Pablo Parra got on the scoresheet. It was too late for them, as they missed the chance to finish in the top 4, despite having been there the majority of season.
Penalties for the Rescue
They were again up against Mazatlan in the playoffs. Diego de Buen and Juan Pablo Segovia handed Puebla a 2-0 lead inside 14 minutes, but Brian Rubio pulled one back before halftime for Mazatlan. Things got worse as Martin Barragan was sent off for the home side in the 85th minute and Nestor Vidrio made the most of it by getting the equalizer in the 91st minute.
Fortunately, Antony Silva made crucial saves to ensure Puebla won 3-1.
Injuries and Suspensions
Martin Barragan, who was red-carded in the playoffs, was sent home for being suspended from the first leg. He’s back, but will probably be sitting on the bench during the second leg. After being injured during the first half, Federico Vinas as Richard Sanchez will be a doubt for this leg.
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How to Watch Club America vs Puebla
Club America vs Puebla Information Teams Pachuca vs Atletico de San Luis Location Estadio Azteca Time Saturday, May 14 at 7pm EST How to Watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes