And then there was one. Of the four so-called big teams in Mexico, only Club America remains. Las Aguilas will look to continue their quest for a historic 13th league title when they take on Necaxa in the first leg of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura.
Alas, Club America were able to exorcise their Clasico Nacional demons. It took an Oribe Peralta header, but Las Aguilas were able to defeat rivals Chivas and earn a spot in the final four. Guadalajara threatened to spoil Club America’s centenary season for a third time, but behind a solid defensive performance, the azulcremas were able to come out of Jalisco victorious.
Under Ricardo Antonio La Volpe, Club America has not lost a single league game, making it 10 straight without a defeat for “El Bigoton”.
In Necaxa, though, las Aguilas will face the surprise team of the competition. The Hidrorayos are fresh off eliminating the champions Pachuca and now are harboring real championship aspirations of their own. From gaining promotion to Liga MX in May to being two games away from the final, Necaxa’s ascendancy has been one of the feelgood stories of the season. Now they are tasked with getting a result they can feel proud of heading into the second leg at the Estadio Azteca.
Match date/time: Thursday 10:00pm EST, 9:00pm local
Venue: Estadio Victoria de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
TV: Univision Deportes Network (US - Spanish), TDN (Mexico),
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