NORTH AMERICAN SUPERLIGA

Estadio Azteca, Mexico

Referee: Hugo Léon Guajardo | Attendance: 10623

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America

  • Santiago Fernandez 7'
  • Juan Mosqueda 18'
  • Salvador Ortega Cabanas 56' PEN
  • Federico Insúa 85'

3 - 2

FT

Morelia

  • Gonzalo Choy 67'
  • Luis Angel Cortes Landin 78'

Insua's late goal carries Club America past Monarcas Morelia

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois -- Federico Insua scored the

late go-ahead goal as Club America posted a 3-2 victory over

Monarcas Morelia in Wednesday's Group B SuperLiga matchup.

Insua broke a 2-2 tie when teammate Rodrigo Lopez found him for

a cross shot that sailed past Monarcas Morelia goalkeeper Moises

Munoz in the 85th minute.

The loss eliminated Monarcas Morelia and allowed D.C. United to

claim the final semifinal berth despite a 1-0 loss to the

Houston Dynamo earlier Wednesday. Club America also failed to

advance.

Insua's go-ahead goal was much needed for Club America, as it

watched Monarcas Morelia erase a 2-0 deficit during the second

half.

Gonzalo Choy scored a goal in the 67th minute and Luis Landin

added another tally just six minutes later, beating Club America

goalkeeper Armando Navarrete to forge a tie. Landin, who set

up Choy's goal, got his own rebound and slipped it past

Navarrete for the equalizer.

Club America coach Luis Fernando Tena praised Monarcas Morelia's

ability to rally from a two-goal deficit.

"Despite having one less man, they pushed everything forward,"

Tena said through an interpreter. "They played man against man

and didn't back down at all. In the end, hopefully we

entertained the fans. It's not every time you get five goals

(in a game). ... We always take the game seriously and in the

end, fortunately, we were able to win."

In the 17th minute, Club America forward Santiago Fernandez

brought the ball down the left side, where he was met by two

defenders. Mauricio Romero tried to take the ball from

Fernandez, but it slipped away right to Juan Mosqueda, who

rifled a right-footed shot across to the far right side of Munoz

for a 1-0 lead.

After Romero was issued a red card for tripping, Salvador

Cabanas took full advantage by finding the back of the net on a

penalty kick in the 57th minute to create a 2-0 bulge.

"I think the pace was kind of slow in the first half," Munoz

said. "It changed in the second after we were one man down. It

seems like every time we have one of our guys thrown out of the

game, we start playing better, and that's what happened today

again.

"We were two goals under and we equaled them on the scoreboard.

After that, it was tough playing with 10 guys against 11. One

of two things could happen - either we scored the third goal or

they were going to do it because they had a lot of space."

Navarrete made five saves for Club America, which earned its

only three points of the tournament with the victory.

Scoring Summary

  • America
  • Morelia

Match Stats

  • America
  • Morelia
9(4) Shots (on goal) 13(7)
8 Fouls 12
1 Corner kicks 6
0 Offsides 1
50% Time of Possession 50%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
6 Saves 0

Teams

  • America
  • Morelia
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