The America clubwinner of 13 Mexican soccer titles, assured on Friday the overall leadership of the Liga MX Apertura 2022 tournament to win 2-1 as a visitor to Puebla on the Matchday 17 of the regular season of Mexican soccer.
Arriving to 12 tournament wins the Eagles have already secured a place in the league, while their 38 points place them at the top of the general table, guaranteeing to play in the Aztec stadium return games in the postseason.
To the league of the opening tournament they have direct pass the clubs that occupy the first four places of the table, while the teams occupying the position 5 to 12 go to the playoffwhere they will face a single match from which the four remaining teams for the league
Fernando Ortizcoach of América, commented the following in an interview after his team’s victory:
The Liguilla is another tournament, even if you finish first or qualify 12. 12 has the same chances as us who qualified first, we will make the credible analysis and adjustment that we can make in these 10 days of pause and face the Liguilla in the same way so we close the tournament.
In the match played at Cuauhtemoc Stadium from Puebla, America scored the first goal at 13 minutes when the colombian Roger Martinez he put the ball in the right corner with a shot from the left sector of the area after receiving a throw-in.
The Spanish Alvaro Fidalgo scored the second goal for America at 90 minutes with a shot inside the area after eluding a defender.
Puebla scored the discount goal at 93 minutes through Israel Kingswho he finished off with his head a center sent by Luis Garcia from the right side.
In the other game on Friday, Ciudad Juarez Braves kept their chances of entering the playoffs alive after defeat Pumas UNAM 3-1that no longer has any chance of entering the reclassification.
The Day 17 of the Opening 2022 will be played as follows:
Atletico San Luis-Tigres UANL
At the moment, Santos, Tigres, Toluca, Puebla, Chivas, León and Cruz Azul have their place guaranteed in the playoffs, while Necaxa, Atlético de San Luis, Mazatlán, Bravos de Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana they want to stay with two places remaining to reclassification.
(With information from Reuters)