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Chivas outlast América in Copa MX

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 26: Alan Pulido of Chivas celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during the semifinal match between America and Chivas as part of the Copa MX Apertura 2016 at Azteca Stadium on October 26, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Chivas and Club América faced in Liga MX action earlier in the season and it was Chivas that came out the victor…by a lot. A 3-0 smashing of Club América was the key victory they needed to catapult their momentum in the the season.

Club América, however, had one more opportunity to right some wrongs in the Copa MX on Wednesday night. The semifinal set up a clash between the two biggest rivals in Mexico and Club América had the home field once again.

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The game was fairly back and forth during the opening minutes of the match, Club América may have even had better chances leading up to the 20th minute. It was Miky Arroyo who carried the hopes of the club once again. He received a wide open pass from Oribe Peralta and he dribbled his way on the left side and shot a beautiful opening goal.

Club América kept up the pressure, although Chivas had their opportunities in the first half, also. Yet, the goal from Arroyo was enough to send Club América into halftime up, 1-0.

The first twenty minutes of the second half were similar to the final of the second, but after that, Chivas began bringing the heat. It looked liked Club América was content with the one goal lead, as they were defending very well for the time being.

The pressure Chivas was applying finally paid off, as Alan Pulido scored what can only be described as a “magical” goal. Scoring for Chivas with his back to the goal, placing the ball to a spot that could not be stopped by virtually any keeper.

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The teams would finish off the 90 minutes tied, 1-1, which then meant it was time for the loved and hated penalties. It was Paolo Goltz who had the honors to take the kick for Club América, but he sailed the ball over the cross bar.

After 4 takes, Alan Pulido had the opportunity to seal it for Chivas, as it was 3-4 in favor of Chivas. He stepped up and blasted the ball over the crossbar, giving Club América one last chance.

Osmar Mares was up for Club América. He had a chance to extend the shoot-out or it was all over. His shot went straight and José Antonio Rodríguez of Chivas dove to his left, but it was not far enough as his foot stopped Mares’ shot.

It was another huge blow for Club América, especially since this was the celebration of their 100th year in existence. It has not gone well, and two losses to Chivas is going to sting for a long time.

Chivas will now face Querétaro (home) in the final of the Copa MX final.

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