Chivas defended heroically in a goalless stalemate at Red Bull Arena to beat New York Red Bulls 1-0 on aggregate and reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final. Meanwhile, a late Mateus Uribe penalty saved Club America from defeat but las Águilas fell 4-2 on aggregate to Toronto FC in the other Semifinal.
Chivas, who had collected a 1-0 win in the first leg, faced a daunting task from the very first minute. New York Red Bulls put their visitors under pressure early on, and Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota was forced to make numerous saves.
In the second half, Chivas were again content to let the home side have the ball, but save for a few chances, the Rebaño was able to hold on to progress to the final.
Club América needed three goals to have any chance of reaching the final following a 3-1 defeat in the first leg, but there were high expectations from the home fans. Those expectations were soon dampened when Jonathan Osorio fired Toronto into the lead after just 12 minutes.
América could have leveled on several occasions, but their reward didn’t come until the 92nd minute. A penalty was called for a tackle on Oribe Peralta, and Mateus Uribe scored, only to decorate the final scoreline.
Chivas and Toronto will meet at BMO Field for the First Leg next week, while the Second Leg will be hosted at the Estadio Akron in Zapopan, Jalisco.