Goalkeeper, Federico Vilar was the hero for Morelia after last night’s penalty triumph against Atlas in the Copa MX Final. An enthralling Final ended in a 3-3 draw and in the ensuing shootout, Vilar saved 3 spotkicks to enable Morelia to lift the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
Morelia raced into a two goal lead and it looked as though the Final was not going to be much of a contest. Jefferson Montero pounced on some hesitant defending to round the keeper and give Morelia the lead and after 12 minutes the lead was doubled thanks to Edgar Andrade’s superb long range strike.
However, after 38 minutes the momentum of the game shifted when Carlos Morales was shown a red card for a deliberate handball on the goalline. Omar Bravo converted the resulting spotkick and the game was well and truly back on.
5 minutes into the second half, Atlas were level through Vicente Vuoso but their joy lasted only a matter of minutes as Hector Mancilla stooped to nod the 10 men of Morelia back in front.
This time the lead lasted just 3 minutes as Atlas roared back through Lucas Ayala’s rocket from the edge of the box. The fierce strike left Vilar no chance but his time was to come.
As neither side could force a winner the game went to penalties and Federico Vilar ensured his name in Morelia history by saving 3 of the spotkicks and ensuring the Copa MX went back to Morelia for the first time.