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Leon vs America Apertura 2013 Final Preview – Who will be crowned champion?

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The Leon vs America Apertura 2013 final is about to take place when it begins this Sunday, December 15, 2013 (4:00 PM Pacific) at the majestic Estadio Azteca.  The second leg match will be played in an intense and wonderful atmosphere in front of over 100,000 fans in the Mexico City stadium.  While Club America is the favorite to win the second leg match, it is still very doubtful that they will be able to surpass the 0-2 defeat from the loss in the first leg.

What does Club America need to do to become Apertura 2013 champion?

The team coached by Miguel Herrera lost in the first leg by two goals.  In that game, his team was simply out-played by Leon who dominated the midfield and never stopped attacking.  In order for America to become champions, they need to win by 3 goals, which could be done in regular time, or if needed, in over time.  If they win this Sunday by 2 goals, and the game is not decided in over time, then they will go into penalty kicks.

Defeating Leon will be difficult, however, America has various things in their favor.  First, they will have the support of their stadium.  Yes, there could be around 20,000 Leon followers, but the Azteca is big enough that even with that many Leon followers, 80,000 will be in support of the ‘aguilas’.  The second thing that favors America is that they always improve drastically while playing at home.  Piojo’s team has not lost a single game at home throughout the season, and that favorable stat dates back to over 20 games.  Lastly, America has the memory of Christian Benitez, and the heroic title against Cruz Azul last Clausura 2013.  America has that pressure to win in honor of the late player, while also will attempt to reenact the good luck charm from their last title.

Club Leon close to the Apertura 2013 championship

The team coached by Gustavo Matosas is the favorite going into the second leg match.  Club Leon has been the best team throughout the playoffs where they have won 3 matches and tied 2; total of 14 goals scored, and 7 against.  In order for Leon to win the title, they simply have to play with the same tactics and style they have used in their past games.

That means, ‘la fiera’ has to dominate the upper midfield, be vertical on the attack which is lead by Carlos Peña, and never, ever, play defensively.  If Leon plays defensively from the beginning, then that will give America enough time to tie the aggregate score at 2-2.  Leon’s main task for the match is to score a goal, because the way this team has played means that it will be tough for America to score 2, let alone 3 times.

Where to watch the Leon vs America Final

The Leon vs America Apertura 2013 final will be televised on Univision at 4:00 PM Pacific.