This Wednesday the Eagles of America sealed their ticket to the grand final of the CONCACAF Champions League by beating 0-2 (0-4 overall) to Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park, thanks to the Colombian’s targets Nicolas Benedetti and Henry Martin.
The match was devoid of dangerous plays, as both teams made many mistakes when giving the ball, furthermore the fouls were present continuously, leaving each side with three yellow cards, although some were saved from taking the red one.
Until minute 34 came a dangerous play, when the Jamaican Cory Burke received the ball inside the area and when he released his shot the Peruvian appeared in great form Pedro Aquino to sweep away and deflect the ball in the direction of the goal.
For the complement, at minute 47, The U put together a great play where the Polish Kacper Przybylko He entered the area alone, however, he was shot down by the Paraguayan Bruno Valdez, who pulled him to commit a penalty, receiving the yellow and saving himself from the red.
However, when it seemed that the Americans could come back to life, the Cape Verdean Jamiro Monteiro failed from eleven steps, since Guillermo Ochoa he threw himself correctly to the right side, also managed to cover Burke’s counter.
After that, the locals returned to go to the front without being able to generate any danger, which was expensive, because the Eagles did take advantage of their few opportunities, which happened at 78 ‘, as Henry stole the ball behind the midfield, then Benedetti advanced with the ball, he leaked to the front to Jorge Sanchez, who gave him back a bully diagonal that El Poeta converted.
Later, two shots came from the Coapa box that the Jamaican goalkeeper covered André Blake, first to Benedetti and then to Sánchez, although he could not do more in added time when the goal came that sealed the score 0-2.
Al 90+2, Mauro Lainez He faced the rivals on the right side, outwitted one, fell to the ground, a rebound came that he took advantage of to leave another defender behind, then with speed he left a third to send a cross into the area that found La Bomba.
After the match, the Argentine coach Santiago Solari He accepted that they suffered too much, apart from highlighting the work of his pupils, who managed to lead the team to a Concachampions final, after five years, also having positive words for El Poeta.
“We are very satisfied and happy to have reached the final. We knew it was going to be a tough game and the players did it sensational, the team never lost their sanity and that’s their credit, when we were able to kill him, we did it, but we had to suffer for that. The team knew how to suffer and fight and for that, they deserve to be in the final, they have earned it “he declared.
“When a player is injured, recovery is very hard, he has to regain his physical form and then football to be sharp and play at this level. Nicolás has suffered and has gone through difficult times, now he is at a time where he has He has to keep this shape because he has succeeded, it is complicated and it has taken a lot of work “he added.
Finally, the ex of Real Madrid ended his lecture by mentioning: “We love this tournament, the players and representing CONCACAF in this final. I have had the honor of representing a Club World Cup as a player and it has grown a lot in recent years, you can see it in all the clubs that are fighting hard to get there. to the final. The American clubs have grown a lot and planted some very tough battles, Philadelphia fought from start to finish, they didn’t make things easy for us and had us working 90 minutes, we surpassed them because we were very focused “.
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