The first leg of the Leon vs America Liga MX Final held at the Nou Camp on Thursday, December 12, 2013, ended in a 2-0 victory for the home team. La Fiera are now just 90 minutes way from earning their first Liga MX championship in over 20 years. Matosas’ team was, without a doubt, fully deserving of their impressive victory, and Herrera now needs to rally his troops for Sunday’s match at the Azteca.
Leon was superior for most of the match, America was only able to achieve superiority for a period of about 20 minutes in the second half, outside of that, the match belonged to La Fiera. Leon came out in the first half looking for the goal, and achieved that early on with a fantastic shot from Gullit in the 10th minute.
Leon would continue to dominate the rest of the first half, pressuring America high up the field, and creating several scoring opportunities. Even though Leon could have added another goal to the scoreline, the first half would ultimately end 1-0 in favor of Leon.
Herrera must have motivated his players well at halftime, because Club America came out roaring in the second half. For the first 20 minutes of the second half, America dominated the ball, and created several scoring opportunities. Unfortunately for Americanistas, neither Jimenez, Rey, nor any other Club America player was able to convert.
After 20 minutes of Club America dominance, the game shifted back in favor of Leon. La Fiera regained possession, and attacked when the opportunity arose; Leon was a bit more careful with maintaining possession. After a period of dominance, Mauro Boselli, the Liga MX leading striker, added another goal for Leon in the 76th minute, putting the match 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Herrera subbed in Mina and Valenzuela to try to make something happen after Leon’s second goal, but it did not work. Leon was actually closer to scoring a third goal than America was of scoring its first. The match would end 2-0 in favor of La Fiera.
Club America are far from eliminated though, the Final still has 90 minutes left at the Estadio Azteca, where America has been undefeated all season long. Nonetheless, it won’t be easy, Leon are playing great soccer (haven’t lost a single playoff match), and America looked outmatched at the Nou Camp. America would need to win by three goals to win the title, or win by two to force extra time, anything else awards the Liga MX Title to Leon.
Club America fans should be worried, Leon appears to be set to win the championship.