The Lion advanced this Saturday to the final of the Guard1anes-2020 tournament (ex Apertura-2020) of Mexican soccer after beating 1-0 at Chivas of Guadalajara in the second leg of their semifinal played at the Nou Camp stadium.
At minute 18, the Ecuadorian Angel Mena received a filtered pass, entered the area from the right side and touched the ball to the center so that the Costa Rican Joel Campbell will score 1-0 for ‘La Fiera’.
The ‘Chivas’ threatened to tie at 53, but after escaping through the band Uriel Antuna crashed his shot into a goalpost guarded by the goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.
Raúl Gudiño, goalkeeper of the ‘Flock’, avoided the second fall of his frame on two occasions in the complementary part.
The attic Campbell he was close to getting his double at 82, but his shot went to the side of the goal. In this way, ‘La Fiera’, which was the leader in the regular phase, won the tie with an aggregate score of 2-1.
The other semifinal will close on Sunday at the Olympic University Stadium. Blue Cross will present with a 4-0 advantage over the Pumas.
To advance to the semifinals, the university felines must return 4-0 or win by a difference of five goals if the blue team scores them.
Victor Manuel Vucetich, technical director of Chivas, assured that the feeling of the role played by his team is really hopeful, because despite all the obstacles that arose throughout the tournament, a great role was played.
“Very proud of this group, very happy with what the team has been developing and doing. Today we had a team like León, within everything it is very constant and regular from several previous tournaments. For us it is something very comforting everything that has been recovered in this campaign, “said Vucetich.
In addition, he ensured that the players gave the best of each one and exploited their talent to the fullest, always with love for the shirt they were wearing and giving the importance due to the institution in which they play, one of the so-called “big four”.
“I believe that the group took up the sporting memory of each of the members. They re-emerged, to show themselves as they have done for years, they have great quality, that’s why they are in the institution. We are now starting from a higher point for the next season, ”said the Chivas coach.
For its part, Ignacio Ambriz, the technical director of the scarlet team, revealed to the press that one of the greatest strengths of his team was that they learned from all the defeats not only in this year, but also from past tournaments, which gave them the necessary experience to overcome the score and the errors.
“In the end, you grow. You learn more from defeats, this has made the players gain more experience and then it is two years of work that today the result is reflected. We all grow, me too, knowing how to manage results that in other leagues it was difficult for me to stay out, ”said Ambriz.
* With information from AFP.