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Club América humiliate Pumas 6-1, advance to Liga MX Final

America v Pumas UNAM -Playoffs Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Club América assured themselves a place in the 2018 Liga MX Apertura Final after crushing rivals Pumas UNAM 6-1 on Sunday.

Miguel Herrera’s side took an early lead after goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar failed to control a Renato Ibarra shot.

In the 24th minute, Pumas responded by scoring a goal of their own when Carlos Gonzalez blasted a header past Agustin Marchesin.

But with Las Águilas dominating possession, it was a matter of time they would regain the lead. Bruno Valdez continued his phenomenal scoring run in the Apertura by heading a corner past Saldivar to put the score 2-1.

From there on, América were able to control the game, and in the 36th minute, a woeful mistake from the Pumas goalkeeper led to Roger Martinez scoring America’s third.

América’s dominance continued after the break, and Guido Rodriguez was in the right place at the right time off a corner for another América goal.

Diego Lainez then gave América further cause for celebration, scoring the 5-1 on a breakaway.

With Pumas practically given up, a penalty was called in the 70th minute. Emmanuel Aguilera stepped up and scored for América’s sixth.

Alan Mozo added further embarrassment for the visitors by getting himself sent off for a tackle on Diego Lainez.

At the end, the game was over long before the final whistle and Club América cruised to the Liga MX Final, where they will face Cruz Azul.