MEXICO CITY, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Atlas took a slight lead towards the final of the Grita México A21 tournament after winning 1-0 away at Pumas UNAM on Thursday with a goal from Argentina’s Julio César Furch in the first leg for the semifinal.
The match played at the Olympic University Stadium in Mexico City was very close and with few goal chances.
It was until the 43rd minute that Furch scored the winning goal for Atlas with a powerful shot from outside the area after receiving a pass from Colombian Julián Quiñones.
Pumas had the clearest option to tie at 92 minutes when the Brazilian Higor Meritao was left without a mark in the small area, but the Colombian goalkeeper Camilo Vargas avoided the goal with a wise intervention where he extended his arm to cover the shot of the team’s striker local.
In this way, the “Rojinegros” of the Atlas will try to seal their pass to the final on Sunday when they are local in the definition of the series.
In the other semifinal, Tigres UANL came back from a goal against and rescued a last-minute victory over León 2-1 on Wednesday.
The series will be defined on Saturday at the Nou Camp stadium, home of León. (Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)