Leon managed to capture the Liga MX title last night in the Estadio Azteca with a 3-1 win over Club America to complete a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate scoreline.
Goals from, the red-hot, Mauro Boselli, Juan Gonzalez Ibarra and Edwin Hernandez denied America a comeback and their record 12th championship. America manager, Miguel Herrera was vocal in his criticism of the referee following several penalty claims turned down but in truth his side didn’t do enough to win and were always susceptible on the break.
Trailing from the first leg America had to start on the front foot and although they pressed Leon, the game plan went out the window in the 12th minute when the visitors broke and Mauro Boselli rifled a shot across Moises Munoz into the far corner.
America came back strongly and Ruben Sambueza was denied a penalty claim. There was contact but the theatrical manner of the Argentine’s fall was probably the reason it wasn’t given.
However, he was crucial to the equaliser as his shot was headed into his own net by Juan Gonzalez Ibarra to give a 1-1 scoreline at half time. With the momentum going with America the chance of a comeback looked on but it was dispelled not long after the break.
Ibarra made amends for his early own goal with a thumping header into the top corner of the America net for his first of the season and the goal that killed off the resistance.
As the game became stretched Leon broke again and Francisco Rodríguez pulled down Matias Britos and as the last man was shown a straight red card, ending any slim hope of a miracle. Minutes later, Edwin Hernandez completed the victory and ensured that Rafael Marquez would lift the trophy for Leon.
Perhaps the 5-1 scoreline was not fair on America but they were picked apart by a well drilled Leon side and were second best over the two matches, despite what Herrera may say.