Last night, Club América was crowned CONCAChampion for a second consecutive year after completing its two-leg finals series against Tigres UANL with another decisive win over Tuca Ferretti’s squad.
With a 2-0 victory in the away leg at the Estadio Universitario, Nacho Ambriz was free to make changes to his lineup, and he did just that; Oribe Peralta, Darío Benedetto, and Darwin Quintero started in an once inicial that featured three forwards and two attacking midfielders. Gutsy moves that had some excited …
… And others infuriated.
Despite a slow start, it looked like things might heat up when André-Pierre Gignac struck gold for the visitors in the 39th minute to close the gap to 2-1 on aggregate.
But after a first half filled with lasers, the mark remained 0-1, 2-1 global.
In the 68th, Michael Arroyo made history once again, dribbling – pretty casually given the finals’ atmosphere – through a lackluster Tigres’ defense en route to a decent rip from distance. 1-1.
You’d think that it’d be time for Tigres to turn up the heat, no? But alas, América was the better side in the final half hour. Osvaldo Martínez sealed the deal with a picture-perfect penalty in the 87th to kill all our hopes and dreams for a last-minute equalizer.
2-1 América, 4-1 on aggregate. Game. Set. CONCAChampion.
Now, it’s onto Japan for another shot at FIFA Club World Cup glory.