Pumas 2-2 Seattle Sounders summary: scores, stats and highlights, Concacaf Champions League Final
Pumas vs Sounders: as it happened
What an amazing first leg! Pumas and Seattle finish 2-2 at Ciudad Universitario and they will see each other again next Wednesday at Lumen field for the second leg of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final.
What a beautiful finish by Lodeiro. Another powerful left footed strike to find the back of the net.
Now it's Alfredo Talavera against Nicolas Lodeiro once again.
Alfredo Talavera and Washington Corozo are booked.
The referee checked the play and Seattle is awarded with a second penalty!
The VAR is checking a possible penalty against Cristian Roldan and the referee is checking the foul that occured inside the box.
Montero replaces Raul Ruidiaz.
Sebastian Saucedo cuts to his right and shoots from the distance, but it goes wide. Clock is ticking.
six minutes added of stoppage time.
Seattle Sounders feels comfortable with the result and they are controlling the possession of the ball to kill some time.
First substitution for Seattle
Kelyn Rowe replaces Jordan Morris.
Free kick for Seattle that is taken by Nicola Lodeiro but the defenders from Pumas cleared the danger away.
Seattle wants the equalizer and the same players that started the game keep on pushing for the second goal.
Cristian Roldan receives a yellow card.
GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! Seattle Sounders makes it 2-1. Their captain Nicolas Lodeiro converts the penalty with a powerful left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Hand ball inside the box! Seattle Sounders will be awarded with a penalty kick but the VAR is checking the play.
Corner kick in favor of Seattle.
Foul from Chispa Velarde against Roldan. No booking is given to the Pumas player.
Double substitution for Pumas
Rogério and Diogo come out and they are replaced by Washington Corozo and Sebastian Saucedo.
What a save by Alfredo Talavera. Raul Ruidiaz receives a low cross from the right side inside the box and his right footed shot was blocked by the Pumas goalkeeper.
GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! Pumas strikes again! Once again Juan Ignacio Dinenno finds the back of the net. The striker from Pumas makes a powerful header following a cross from the right side to beat Stefan Frei.
Good news for both sides because the rain has stopped.
And away we go! The second half has started at Ciudad Universitario.
The first time has ended. We will be back for the second 45 minutes to see if Seattle can find the equalizer or if Pumas is able to increase the lead.
After a series of rebounds, João Pablo makes a right footed shot from inside the box, but it goes high and wide.
First substitution of the night. Alan Mozo comes out due to an injury and Jesus Rivas will take his place.
Six minutes added of stoppage time.
Hand ball just outside the box. Nicolas Lodeiro from Seattle shoots a powerful free kick with his left foot that was blocked by Pumas goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! The second time is the charm for Dinenno! The striker from Pumas UNAM is bale to trick Stefan Frei and mission accomplish. His right footed shoot went to Frei's right side.
Yeimar from Seattle is booked.
The VAR intervenes again! Now they are checking if Seattle's goalkeeper moved before Dinenno's shot. After checking the video, the referee confirms that Pumas will retake the penalty.
Amazing save by Stefan Frei! The Seattle Sounders' goalkeeper blocks Dinenno's shot, who was shocked after missing the opportunity to score.
It is confirmed! Penalti for Pumas UNAM and Dinenno will be in charge of taking it.
Penalti for Pumas. Dinenno is brought down inside the box and the VAR is checking the place. We are waiting for the final decision, but the referee called the penalty kick.
Raul Ruidiaz, who was inside the box, shot goes high and wide following a low cross from Nouhou Tolo from the left side.
The Sounders has been under pressure so far this game and unable to create a clear chance on Pumas goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
“Right now this is our focus” - said the Sounders' head coach Brian Schmetzer, prior to the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Attempt blocked by Seattle's goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Rogério makes an incredible solo play and as he entered the box he is able to release a right footed shot.
Attempt blocked. Raúl Ruidíaz from Seattle Sounders FC right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
The most dangerous play of the game is from Pumas. Chispa Velarde enters the box following a great cross by Leo Lopez from outside the box. Unfortunately Velarde's header went straight to the hands of Stefan Frei.
Free kick for Pumas. Dinenno takes a shot at it, but the ball barely goes over the goal.
What a great atmosphere at Ciudad Universitaria. Roughly 50 thousand fans are at the stadium and around 200 are Seattle Sounders' supporters.
Seattle Sounders is attempting to come out playing from the back, but Pumas' high pressure is making it complicated for the MLS side.
Seattle Sounders defenders clear the ball following a free kick and Nicolás Freire from Pumas attempts a bicycle kick from outside the box that goes wide.
Leonel López from Pumas UNAM wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Nicolás Freire from Pumas UNAM wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Seattle Sounders is not being precise with their passes in the last third and the rain doesn't help them either.
First corner kick goes for the Sounders but no damage was done.
Rogério goes down just outside the box but the referee didn't call the foul and Seattle kept playing.
And away we go! The first leg of the final has started at Ciudad Universitaria under rainy conditions.
The Rave Green fans present
Fans from the Seattle Sounders made the trip to Mexico City to support their team in one of the biggest game of franchise history.
Seattle has arrived to CU
The Rave Green are just the fifth MLS club to reach the final in the tournament’s modern incarnation, which began in 2008, and none of their four predecessors in that regard won the title
Fun fact for the MLS side
The Seattle Sounders have not lost any of their 3 away games in the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Also, they have the best defense in the tournament, with only 3 goals received in 6 matches.
The speech from Seattle's head coach
"It's going to be massive": Seattle Sounders look ahead to CCL final vs. Pumas
When was the last time Pumas won the CCL?
Pumas is back to the CONCACAF Champions League final after 17 years and they are ready to win their fourth trophy. The Liga MX side has won it in 1980, 1982 and 1989.
Seattle's midfielder Albert Rusnak
"Everyone’s aware of the situation and how big this opportunity is," Rusnak said. "It doesn’t come around too often and it’s another final. That’s what we play for as players, so we have to clear our minds about the last couple of weeks and especially the last game. This is a different competition, a competition we’ve been solid in so far. That’s the goal, that’s what ultimately will win us the championship."
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer
"The team's fine. I mean, look, are they anxious for the game to come? Yes," Schmetzer said. "I think they want to play, maybe anxious is the wrong word. I think they're excited for the game to finally come. I think they've been thinking about this game since the draw at NYCFC that put us through."
Seattle's ace Nicolas Lodeiro
"Yes, we all know the importance of this match, of this Final," midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro from Seattle Sounders said on Tuesday once they arrived in Mexico City. "We are very happy with this opportunity, with this possibility and we feel lucky to have it. We'll play the Final and represent MLS, which is great. We'll give our best and we know we have to be concentrated all the time because after all, Pumas also wants to win. They also know the importance of this tournament. The point is that we know the importance, we are prepared and we're going to show it and give it tomorrow when we play the match."
This is the starting XI for the Seattle Sounders for the first leg of the final of the CONCACAF Champions League at Ciudad Universitaria.
This is the starting XI that Pumas UNAM head coach Andrés Lillini has chosen to face the Seattle Sounders at Ciudad Universitaria for the first leg of the final of the CONCACAF Champions League.
This are the substitutes:
#20 Julio González
#7 Sebastián Saucedo
#26 Jesús Rivas
#31 Washington Corozo
#32 Jorge Ruvalcaba
#34 Santiago Trigos
#36 José Caicedo
Weather forecast in Mexico City
Showers likely along with a possible rumble of thunder early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 52F. N winds at 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 90% in Mexico City so we might see some drizzle at Ciudad Universitaria during the game.
The last champions
The teams to win the CCL league are: Chivas (2018), CF Monterrey (2019), Tigres UANL (2020) and CF Monterrey (2021).
Who will win tonight?
Seattle Sounders is the third team from the United States to reach an SCCL final since the Champions Era (2008). They are looking to be the first US champion... and make history!
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UNAM host Seattle Sounders in the opening leg of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City on April 27 with both sides seeking a first title in the competition since it was rebranded in 2008. The return leg will be held at Lumen Field in Seattle on May 4.
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