10 de diciembre de 2019
Hispanic World

America, Pumas draw 1-1 in Mexican soccer semi-final first leg

Mexico City, Dec 7 (efe-epa).- Mexico City clubs Pumas UNAM and Club America played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Mexican soccer league's Apertura 2018 playoffs.

Mexico City, Dec 7 (efe-epa).- Mexico City clubs Pumas UNAM and Club America played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Mexican soccer league's Apertura 2018 playoffs.

Thursday night's match at Pumas' Estadio Olimpico Universitario was action-packed at both ends of the field and easily could have ended with one or more additional goals having been scored.

Second-seeded America created danger in the opening minutes when Oribe Peralta's shot off a pass from Colombian forward Roger Martinez went just wide of the left upright.

The visitors then opened the scoring in the 21st minute on a left-footed shot by 18-year-old phenom Diego Lainez, who had set up the goal by shaking off the mark of midfielder Victor Malcorra and making an impressive run down the right side.

The third-seeded Pumas, however, then dominated over a 20-minute stretch against an America side that seemed content to protect its slim advantage.

Paraguayan forward Carlos Gonzalez nearly scored twice in rapid succession, the first opportunity coming on a bouncing volley in the 24th minute that forced America goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin to make a foot save and the second on a header three minutes later that barely missed the mark.

Even so, the visitors squandered a golden opportunity to take a 2-0 lead in the 41st minute.

Lainez set up the chance by maneuvering around a defender on the left side of the area and delivering a pass to an unmarked Paul Aguilar, who had one shot stopped by Malcorra and another saved by Pumas goalie Alfredo Saldivar.

Aguilar's second attempt had been served to him on a platter after the ball had ricocheted off of Malcorra's foot, yet the defender fired his close-range blast directly at Saldivar's chest.

After dodging that bullet, Pumas came back at the start of the second half and tied the score on a shot by Chilean midfielder Martin Rodriguez off a pass from defender Alan Mozo in the 51st minute.

The hosts then had a an excellent chance to take the lead in the 66th minute, but Gonzalez failed to pull the trigger in time after Marchesin had been pulled out of position.

America, for their part, had victory in sight in the 75th minute when they won a penalty on a hand ball by Luis Quintana, but Saldivar stopped Martinez's attempt from the 12-yard mark.

These same two teams will meet again on Sunday evening at America's Estadio Azteca in the second and final leg of their semi-final of the Apertura 2018, the first of two competitions in the Liga MX's 2018-2019 season.

Fifth-seeded Monterrey notched a 1-0 home win over top-seeded Mexico City club Cruz Azul in Wednesday night's first leg of the other semi-final.

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