After a 0-0 draw with champions Tigres in Volcan, the U.S. is in 40th place with its pursuit of a record 42 points, though the UANL saw an eight-game winning streak end for Aguilas. Still without a win since the Copa, nine in a row already without proving a win.
Ciboldi’s men have 30 units, which leaves them in third place in the general table, and now they have to wait for Puebla’s result to find out if they will face La Francha or San Luis in the quarter-finals; The US will have to wait a little longer because they can meet their opponent in the Liguilla until the end of the play-in.
First method of some options
Samir was sent off with a header in the 17th minute, but goalkeeper Malacon managed to avoid the damage, giving Azulgremas a scare.
USA didn’t create danger and on 25′ they came into the area with a ball in which the Cat defense was able to hold off a low centre.
In the 30th minute of the game, Henry Martin controlled the ball and came into the area, but Javier Aquino made a clean sweep to steal the ball away from him.
In the 33rd minute, Gignac was waiting for his cross from the left wing when the ball went near the post.
A very dangerous game for Aguilas 41′, a cross from the right by Julian Quinones, a low ball reached the penalty spot and there, Jonathan Rodríguez could not connect, he only saw it pass.
Alvaro Fidalgo had it from the left and he fired at the near post, where Arias goalkeeper Carlos Rodriguez was on hand to save.
The Tigers and the US reacted
Immediately in the 46′, Marcelo Flores scored a great goal with a scissor, but Sebastian Caceres was able to block the fancy shot by the young cat.
Then, on a corner kick, Guido Pizarro headed the ball so close to goal that it went wide to avoid damage.
USA responded, counterattacking in the 55′, Fidalgo came in from the left and sent his shot to the far post and the ball into the corner of Rodriguez’s goal.
Shortly after, the Azulgrema attack continued in the 63′, but the Cats goalkeeper knew how to do his job well and saved a shot by Henry Martin, keeping the score at nil.
The minutes ticked by and the balance was not tipped in favor of either team, although with a series of rebounds inside the area, Tigres looked to be gaining the upper hand, but a shot on goal was not forthcoming.
In the 75th minute, Kignac had a ball in the area and wanted to finish it off with a quick volley, a bicycle kick, but the ball was sent into the stands. The same thing happened in the final half, in stoppage time, the university students wasted their will for one more shot and to the sigh of their fans.
Finally from the US, a shot by Miguel Lion was saved by Rodriguez and Fernando Coriarán took the ball out to level the score at nil.