Club América vs Pumas UNAM summary: score, goals, highlights, Liga MX Apertura
Club América vs Pumas UNAM: live
That's it from the Azteca as the whistle sounds and Pumas dump Club America out of the Liga MX Apertura with a well deserved 1-3 win.
Despite their solid regular season showing, America have been outclassed in these two legs by a dynamic Pumas side who more than deserve to progress to the semi-final stage. The university side will now face Atlas or Monterrey in the semi-final.
We'll have 5 minutes of added time
America win a dangerous freekick and Galindo is carded for the trip on an America player as the ball goes wide from the strike.
Velarde off with Galindo his replacement
Shocking challenge from Martinez as he lunges two footed and is lucky only to be awarded a yellow card. Frustration apparent for the home side now as the clock ticks down.
That surely must be it with a thumping header from Meritao to secure the third goal on the night for the university side.
Pumas it has to be said are good value for their lead as we head into the final ten minutes of this two legged quarter final.
A sense of frustration breaking out now as each America pass is overhit or mis-placed. Just over ten minutes remain at the Azteca.
Change for Pumas: Alvarez off-Rodriguez his replacement.
Pumas player sin no hurry now to take dead balls and more than happy to stay on the floor for a few seconds linger then needed as they try and kill the game.
Lainez and Sanchez off for America. Layun and Viñas on for the pair.
Sense of tension palpable in the Azteca with the home fans sensing that it just may not be their night.
20 minutes left for Pumas to hang on to their valuable lead or America to find a second goal that would secure the draw and their passage to the next stage of the tournament.
Almost 1-3 but Ochoa is alert and smothers the ball. Alvarez it was for Pumas who almost found the target with the striker appealing for a handball.
Pumas seem to have weathered the post interval storm and are now enjoying a bright spell as they force America deep. Ortiz goes close and heads agonisingly wide.
Change in the Pumas ranks as Saucedo is replaced by Meritao.
Pumas finally enjoy some sustained pressure and go close to increasing their lead as the ball is struck inches over the bar from a Saucedo strike.
The ball is in the Pumas net but it wont count as the flag was up and correctly so as Marttin was well offside when he performed a fine overhead kick. Protests from the America bench but the correct call from the match officials.
Pumas are riding their luck now as they invite pressure from America and look to strike on the counter.
Now Corozo's name is also in the book for a lunge on Caceres.
The ball is straight into the Pumas wall and the visitors avert the danger for the moment.
Dangerous free here for America on the edge of the Pumas box.
Velarde carded and his name is the first into the refs book tonight.
Pumas by contrast look nervy and far from the sprightly looking side that we saw in the first 45'. The psychological impact for Pumas of being ahead and not having to chase the game one would assume.
First switch of the night at Sanchez makes way for Cordova (CA)
A far more dynamic start from the home side who would have felt the wrath of Solari at the break.
Sporting Cristal loanee Corozo has been a major thorn in America's side tonight and the Ecuadorian striker had a few chances before his headed goal.
No changes at the break.
A better performance is needed from Solari's men who created little of major danger in the first half and seemed to feel that needing a draw and the early goal were enough.
An almost full house here in the Mexican capital with a decent showing of fans of the visiting side.
The sides return to the pitch after the break. Pumas just 45 minutes away from a major upset in dumping out hot favourites Club America out of the tournament as we get underway in the second half.
This current scoreline would be good enough for Pumas to advance to the semi-final stage of the 2021 Liga MX Apertura tournament. A semi-final against the winner of the Atlas-Monterrey clash awaits ...
The whistle sounds at the Azteca and Pumas it is who lead 1-2 at the interval.
There will be 3 minutes of time added on.
Into the final minute of the half and a major upset on the cards as Pumas lead at the Azteca.
Goooooooooool. Pumas make it 1-2.... A downward header from Corozo has silenced the Azteca.
Brief lull in the game as Talavera launches the ball long, the ball breaks to Martinez but the America player pulls his shot well wide.
Pumas have a man down as both managers look somewhat concerned. The Pumas goal has really reignited the game as a contest.
Ten minutes of the half remain and Pumas still need another goal to advance, though they have done what no other team has managed in the past ten games and scored against America at the Azteca.
Mozo it was with the cross/shot and the ball fooled Ochoa to draw Pumas level.
Lainez (who has been the best CA player on the night) weaves into the box and drives a right footed effort, but Talavera is alert and gets down well to smother the shot.
Washington Corozo breaks again and the man from Ecuador blazes the ball wide after securing a decent shhoting oportuinity.
It's been all Pumas since the America goal with the crossbar and Ochoa keeping the visitors at bay.
Pumas almost draw as the ball hits the crossbar, not one but twice as Dinenno almost pulls the side in blue level.
Pumas refuse to be fazed by the goal with the university side pushing for an equaliser with Corozo looking very dangerous for Pumas
Pumas no need to do what no other side has done in the past ten games.... score against América at the Azteca...not just once, but twice !!!
Cool finish from Aguilera as he sends the keeper the wrong way.
Aguilera set to take, the No. 19 steps up and Gooooooooool. America go ahead.....
Lira appeared to clip Martinez and the match official had no hesitation in pointing to the spot... Pumas players are incensed by the decision.
Penalty awarded for America... Pumas players unhappy with the call.
Bright start at the Azteca with decent chances for both sides. Pumas need the win. A 0-0 or any other draw for that matter would suit Solari's side.
Great effort from Pumas as Saucedo drives and the ball goes inches wide of Ochoas's post.
We're underway in Mexico City and its Pumas with possession and the ball is robbed as Lainez shoots and the ball is wide for a corner.
Faces of concentration from both sides with keeper Ochoa leading out América
Great noise levels at the Azteca as the sides emerge from the tunnel
A reminder of the starting XI's should you just be joining us.
- 3Jorge Sánchez
- 28Mauro Lainez
- 19Emanuel Aguilera
- 4Sebastián Cáceres
- 6Fernando González
- 20Richard Sánchez
- 22Álvaro Fidalgo Fernández
- 26Salvador Reyes
- 21Henry Martin
- 9Roger Martínez
- 18Efraín Velarde
- 2Alan Mozo
- 23Nicolás Freire
- 25Arturo Ortíz
- 7Sebastian Saucedo
- 17Leonel López
- 10Fabio Álvarez
- 6Erik Lira
- 9Juan Ignacio Dinenno
- 31Washington Corozo
The other 1/4 final game taking place tonight is in Monterrey at the BBVA Stadium as 'Rayados' face los 'Zorros' del Atlas with the first leg ending 0-0 and Atlas holding the advantage knowing that a draw would be sufficient for them to advance to the semi-final stage.
Sunday Liga MX Apertura 1/4 finals
Sunday 28 November
19:00 ET/16:00 PT Tigres vs Santos Laguna (Nou Camp 18:00 CST)
21:05 ET/18:05 PT León vs Puebla (Universitario 20:05 CST)
Pumas predicted XI
It's anticipated that Pumas coach Andrés Lillini, will opt for the following players: Alfredo Talavera, Alan Mozo, Efraín Velarde, Nico Freire, Arturo Ortiz, Erick Lira, Sebastián Saucedo, Washington Corozo or Higor Meritao, Leonel López, Juan Dinenno & Diogo de Oliveira.
América predicted XI
Santiago Solari is expected to start with this formation/selection: Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Sánchez, Sebastián Cáceres, Emanuel Aguilera, Salvador Reyes; Fernando Madrigal, Richard Sánchez, Álvaro Fidalgo, Mauro Lainez; Roger Martínez & Henry Martín.
America fancied to advcance
Pumas will need to find the target tonight with Club América having gone ten games now without shipping a goal at home.
Liga MX 1/4 finals results
No one game has been clearly defined yet with a draw (over both legs) good enough for the top four sides in the regular season good enough to progress (the top four finishers were: América, Atlas, Leon & Tigres)
Tonight's referee team will be Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava with the referee assisted by Christian Espinosa, Ricardo Espinoza and Brian González.
A place in the Liga MX semi-final awaits the winner with a contest against the victor of the Puebla-Atlas match-up.
A reminder that the first leg played last Wednesday ended 0-0 and even a draw would be good enough for the home side tonight by virtue of their position in the regular season table.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2021 Liga MX Apertura second semi-final as América face Pumas with the game starting at 7pm (local time)/ 8pm ET and 0200 CET (on Sunday morning).