Águilas and Felinos Disappointed at the Close of the Regular Phase in a Rainy Volcano
After a lackluster draw against Tigres at the University Stadium, the experts from Futbol Picante analyze the outlook for América as the top favorite.
America’s attempt to set a new points record in the current format of the Liga MX fell short after a goalless draw against Tigers at the University Stadium. The team finished the regular phase of the Apertura Tournament 2023 with 40 points.
The match witnessed an intense battle on the field, with both teams opting for high pressure. As a result, there were very few threatening attacks on both goals.
Samir Caetano had the first opportunity for the home team with a header from a left-wing cross, but goalkeeper Luis Malagón made a diving save to deny the goal. América struggled to create any significant danger in the opponent’s goal, while Javier Aquino had a chance for UANL with a long-range shot that sailed over the crossbar.
Henry Martín came close to scoring for América with a header inside the box, but the Tigers’ goalkeeper was alert and managed to keep the ball out. Álvaro Fidalgo also had a chance with a shot from inside the area, but the goalkeeper deflected it wide.
The game gradually improved, and Marcelo Flores almost scored for Tigers with a scissor kick from a cross by Fernando Gorriarán, but the rival defense cleared the ball. América responded with another opportunity for Álvaro Fidalgo, whose shot from the left side narrowly missed the target.
Henry Martín missed a clear chance for América as his powerful shot from inside the box went straight into the hands of Carlos Rodríguez. Tigers had their chances too, with André-Pierre Gignac attempting a scissor kick and another shot, but both were unsuccessful.
Match Ends in a Draw
In the final stretch, both teams had a few more opportunities, but none were converted into goals. The match ended in a scoreless draw, and now both teams will have to wait for the start of the league as they secured their direct ticket to the quarterfinals.