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English   |   22 octubre, 2019

Match Review: Necaxa 2-2 América

One point that could well be worth three

This past Saturday night, in a duel corresponding to Matchday 14 of Apertura 2019, America played Necaxa at Estadio Victoria in Aguascalientes. Los Rayos started the game as the leader of the competition and in a very entertaining match, the two squads ended up tying 2-2.

While this draw is only translated to 1 point in the standings, this game can represent a major turning point for the Miguel Herrera’s team in this Apertura 2019.

The fixture began pretty even, with opportunities for both sides, and quickly, the figure of Guillermo Ochoa emerged with several important saves:

At 38′, the Argentinian international midfielder received the red card that left the azulcremas nearly 50 minutes in numerical disadvantage. But Ochoa, allowed America to dream of getting a good result, giving one of his best performances of the season so far:

Thus, Piojo’s team managed to get up on the scoreboard at 66’ with an impressive goal from Renato Ibarra, who stole an errant pass on the left flank deep in the Necaxa zone, cut inside onto his left foot and let fly from 22 meters, blasting past Hugo González and inside the far post:

However, despite the outstanding performance of the americanista goalkeeper, Necaxa managed to turn the game around with scores from Quiroga at 71′ and an unfortunate Emanuel Aguilera’s own goal at 80’.

The picture looked bad for las Águilas. But their hero of the night arrived. At 87’, a long cross was sent into the box where Bruno Valdez rose at the back post and headed the ball back to the middle. Henry Martín trapped with his back to goal and in the same motion swiveled quickly and sliced a scissors kick past two defenders and González for the stunning equalizer:

For all that it meant, America managed to add a point that could well be worth three. This draw could represent a big cliffhanger for this Coapa’s team who rescued a result that seemed lost and could be what they needed before facing this year’s Liguilla.