On Thursday night the second semifinal match of the Grita México Apertura 2021 Tournament was played. The Pumas team received the red and black of Atlas in the first game for the pass to the grand final. The field of the Olympic University Stadium was the scene of the first clash between both teams.
With a score of 1 – 0, The fury he took the victory with the minimum advantage. They ended the winning streak of the felines and they took the first blow towards the final of the tournament.
From the first minutes of the game, the rojinegros were superior to the Universidad club and repeatedly approached Alfredo Talavera’s goal, but shortly before the end of the first half, they managed to find the opportunity to score and silenced the fans. blue and gold.
Atlas won 1 – 0 to Pumas (Photo: Twitter / @ LigaBBVAMX)
The play took place in the three-quarters of the court, after a long pass, Julián Andrés Quiñones took the ball and shortly before entering the small area, he received a pass with his back to the goal. As soon as he looked up, he noticed Julius Caesar Furch.
Julio Furch came from behind the defense and first launched a shoe in the direction of the left post. Although Talavera struggled to reach the ball, he failed and ended up dropping the only score of the game.
The annotation surprised the university students because they did not see the immediate reaction of those from Atlas arrive. The goal was enough to embarrass those led by Andrés Lillini. At minute 43 the scoreboard was opened.
The annotation surprised the university students because they did not see the immediate reaction of those from Atlas arrive (Photo: Instagram / @ pumasmx)
But shortly before the end of the first half, a controversial play generated concern and stress on the bench of Diego Cocca’s men as the referee of the match scored a penalty in favor of Pumas. The play took place when Sebastián Saucedo carried the ball down the left wing.
When he tried to get into the goal area, he was knocked down and fell due to a sweep by the defense red and black. In the first instance, due to the speed of the game, the whistler indicated the maximum penalty. The claims began and from the bench, the Argentine coach asked that it not be marked.
Already in compensation time, the main judge of the game still did not know whether or not to mark the penalty in favor of Pumas, so he resorted to VAR. Once he reviewed the play, he corrected his marking and annulled the penalty, so he let the game run.
Camilo Vargas prevented Pumas from drawing the match in compensation time (Photo: EFE / Mario Guzmán) (Mario Guzmán /)
For the second half, the University club tried to reverse the score that left them at a disadvantage for the return game next Sunday. On more consecutive occasions they approached the goal of Camilo Vargas but the Colombian goalkeeper knew how to solve each of Pumas’ goal attempts.
The clearest play that the Pedregal squad had was in compensation time. Talavera left his area to send a long pass to the other end of the court. There the university students received the pass and were outlined to counterattack.
They sent a cross and on the rebound the ball fell to Higor Meritão, a few meters from the goal, he dominated the ball and sent a shot. But in an accurate reading of the Atlas goalkeeper, he went out to reduce the area and reduced the space to the Brazilian.
Diego Cocca took the victory against Lillini (Photo: REUTERS / Diego Vara)
The ball hit the Colombian’s left arm and thus he was able to keep his goal in zero and avoid the score of the tie. It was the last chance for the blue and gold since later the end of the party was marked.
Now Pumas will arrive in Jalisco with the responsibility of winning the match if they want to go to the final of the tournament. In contrast the from Guadalajara they already dream of the final of the tournament. The return leg will be played on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
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