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Cruz Azul beats Leon to book tickets to Liguira quarterfinals

Cruz Azul beat Leon 1-0 last night to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Liga MX. La Machina dominated the match from start to finish against a Leon side who did not show up for the majority of the game. Cruz Azul wasted a lot of chances but finally emerged victorious and await their quarterfinal rivals.

The match started with both teams doing their best when faced with a do-or-die situation. After a great pass, Uriel Antuna had a golden opportunity for his 1-1, but his shot went wide and the golden chance was wasted. A good cross in the area then found Antuna, but his shot was saved by Leon goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota. After a great cross from José Rivero, Antuna again lost control of the ball and missed a big chance, leaving it wide open in front of goal.After a cross into the area, Lucasdi headed Yorio’s ball into the frame. got off. Surprisingly, 20 minutes into the match, Cruz Azul came on for Rafael Guerrero for Juan Escobar. Gonzalo Carneiro’s header just missed from a corner kick. Carneiro gets another chance after changing direction, but Cota plays brilliantly blocking his shot. After a pass inside the area, Carneiro fired a left-footed shot past Cota, which was not properly ruled as offside. At the end of the first half, Cruz Azul dominated, but no points.

The second half started with both teams hoping to improve, especially Leon. Rodrigo Huescas entered the area and fired a shot, but it went wide. Victor Davila also had a chance in the area, but his shot was deflected by a defender. After an excellent pass into the area, Cruz’s Azul from close range Carneiro and Carlos’ Rotondi shots from him twice, which were blocked either by Leon’s defense or by Cota. The ball eventually reached Antuna, who fired his left-footed shot that bounced off Carneiro and went past Cota into the net. The goal was disallowed for offside and after a VAR the decision stood. Cruz Azul clearly dominated the match.

Leon would sub Victor Davila for Alfonso Alvarado.Antuna crossed the ball and Cota failed to hold it, a pass by Ignacio Rivero who connected the ball into the empty net 1-0. With Kota’s help, Antuna and Cruz Azul will eventually be rewarded. Leon replaced Ivan Rodriguez in place of Luis Montez. Cruz Azul places Ignacio Rivero in sub in place of Jesus Escoboza. There was a brief brawl between Jesús Domínguez and Steven Barreiro, but nothing came of it. It took too long to release, so I missed a lot. After the foul, there was another brawl between Jairo Moreno and Antuna, both of whom were cautioned. Leon then replaced Elias Hernandez to take down Joel Campbell. A cross into the area was thrown by Yorio with a header, but it went wide. After a great run, Antuna entered the area and fired a left-footed shot that hit the post. Cruz Azul took down Carlos Rotondi and Gonzalo his Carneiro to the subs, while Ángel he replaced Romero and Michael Hestrada. After that, from a corner kick by Leon, the shot was ruled as a penalty kick by a handball by Huescas. Referee Fernando Guerrero went to the VAR and ruled that the ball bounced off Huescas’ knee before hitting his hand and canceling the penalty. After that, Estrada reached the area with a great counter and Kota saved the shot. Cota stopped Antuna’s shot from close range and cleared Romero’s shot again. It was the last play as Cruz Azul earned a well-deserved win and a ticket to the quarterfinals.

Cruz Azul didn’t put in their best performance, but they were a better team overall and the win was well-deserved. León failed many fights, with Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesús Coronan claiming that León keeper Rodolfo had the match in his hands, unlike Cota making an incredible save as he kept the match 1–0. The entire match didn’t require him to make a single challenging save. Cruz Azul had many opportunities wasted by players like Antuna and Carneiro. If they want to go further into the playoffs, they need to improve significantly. Cruz Azul awaits rivals either Santos or Monterrey, depending on the outcome of Sunday’s match between Toluca and his FC Juárez.