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Los Angeles, CA | Nov 25 | Kelly Landaverde – @Kel_landaverde
This is the second consecutive final between the two teams, both have played against each other in two different editions of the “Clausura” in which Tigres where crowned Champions both last and this year with a 4-2 win in penalties after tying 4-4 in the global in 2018 and 3-2 global score this year. This will be the first time both teams play against each other in the Apertura. Tigres has already been a runner up in the Apertura against América, the Eagles took home the trophy in penalties though with a 3-1 score last year. In the first leg of the semis both teams tied 2-2.
The Rayadas did their Homework and ended up beating América 2-1 in the second leg of the Semifinal with an aggregate score of 4-3. The “Albiazules” could take revenge from the previous occasions that they have been only able to take a second place, or the “Auriazules” could achieve another trophy and a two-time championship. If that would be the case it would be an unforgettable year for the “felines” and a wonderful way to end the year, before Christmas and New Year festivities. The locals took advantage of the superiority they had in the first half of playing at home in the BBVA nicknamed the “Gigante de Acero”. Valeria Valdez scored the first goal for the “Rayadas” in the 12th minute.
After a corner kick from the “Rayadas” the yellow defense rejected the ball and with a nice volley from Valdez the home team went up 1-0 in that game. Six minutes later a nervous Jaidy Gutiérrez complicated the visitors, by not being able to clear Dinora Garza’s free kick, for her bad luck the ball ended up hitting Desirée Monsivái’s back for the 2-0. During the second half Lucero Cuevas scored the first goal for the “Eagles” with a firing left leg cross shot beating the goalkeeper Claudia Lozoya in the 46th minute. Leo Cuellar’s team needed to score more goals to get back into the game and a possibility of securing the pass to the final. The game ended up turning back and forth, but they lacked forcefulness when they reached the goal net. Cuevas kept on trying and had two more clear chances, one of them in the 61th minute with a shot that Lozoya ended up stopping. The time ran out and the comeback was impossible to achieve, Monterrey was in the final once again, this time in a new one.