Club América entered Wednesday’s final leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions with a comfortable 2-0 lead over Tigres. A simple 0-0 draw would have even sufficed, but Tigres came in with intentions of taking América to the edge.
Here’s how the game unfolded…
Tigres did not hold back their desire to score in the Azteca. They dictated the control of the match with their possession and had several major chances to score. Club América may of been too cautious in the first half, because Tigres looked comfortable, and in the 39th minute, André-Pierre Gignac slotted the first goal of the match in for Tigres.
Tigres went into halftime up 1-0, and down 1-2 in the aggregate. They only needed one more goal to take the game into extra time, as long as they didn’t let Club América score.
The second half, however, did not flow the same for Tigres, and Club América started to pick up the pace on their own end. Subbed into the game in the second half, Michael Arroyo stuck a dagger in the hearts of Tigres by scoring a knuckle ball from distance in the 65th minute.
Tigres would need to score three goals now to advance, but it was just too much for the reigning Liga MX champions. To cap it off, Club América won a clear penalty in the 86th minute. Osvaldo Martínez took the penalty and sent a missile to the his left, putting América up 2-1, 4-1 on aggregate.
The victory for Club América is their second CONCACAF title in a row. They will be heading to Japan in December to represent the region in the Club World Cup. The victory from América also marks the 11th title (8th in current format) for Liga MX in CONCACAF in a row. The last non-Mexican team to win was Saprissa in 2005.
- Golden ball: Rubens Sambueza (América)
- Golden boot: Emanuel Villa (Querétaro)
- Golden glove: Hugo González (América)
- Best young player: Alberth Elis (Olimpia)
- Fair play award: Querétaro