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Club América crowned Copa MX champions on Aguilera penalty

Chivas v America - Torneo Clausura 2019 Liga MX Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

Emanuel Aguilera scored a penalty in the first half as Club América beat FC Juárez 1-0 to win their first Copa MX title in more than 45 years.

Las Águilas went on the front foot early when a Renato Ibarra chance floated just wide of Ivan Vazquez’s goal.

Juárez, who arrived to this game as the surprise team of the tournament, then came very close to stunning América when Leandro Carrijo attempted an acrobatic volley from inside the box.

Moments later, Lucas tried his luck from distance, giving Las Águilas another early warning that they weren’t going to be an easy team.

Nicolas Benedetti, though, fought back for the rising América after Vazquez saved one of his shots in the 17th minute.

Eventually, Juárez’s night would turn sour when a penalty was called for a kick on Henry Martin. Emanuel Aguilera stepped up and converted to give América the lead.

The Bravos nearly equalized when a brilliant play down the left-hand side finished with a Carrijo chance from point blank range, which glanced off Agustin Marchesin’s leg to keep the score 1-0 in favor of Las Águilas at the break.

In the second half, Juárez had their chances, but they simply weren’t up to par to an América defense that held firm throughout the rest of the game.

At the end, Club América would end their Copa MX curse to lift only their second ever league/cup title outside of Mexico City in their history.