No one at the ‘feline’ bank could believe what happened. Cruz Azul beat Tigres on penalties at the Olympic University stadium in Mexico City for the semifinals of the GNP Cup for Mexico 2020 and will play the final of the tournament. The ‘Machine’ was imposed on the maximum penalty by 4 to 3 after matching the game in discounts.
The Colombian Luis Quiñones overtook those of the ‘Tuca’ Ferretti ‘in the 35th minute after a corner kick that he used to connect with his head and thus open the scoring. With the 1-0 they went to the break.
The second half seemed to be going without surprises on the scoreboard. The ‘cats’ relaxed at the end and a foul near the area took its toll. Igor Lichnovsky took advantage of the center to score the agonizing 1 to 1 with which Siboldi’s equalized in 93 the duel.
Finally, the ‘Machine’ prevailed on penalties 4 to 3 and now they are waiting for a rival in the final of the tournament that will be played on Sunday between the winner of the key to the National Classic Chivas vs América, which collide on Thursday.
35 ′ 1-0 Luis Quiñones
Cruz Azul vs Tigres: incidences of the match
THE PREVIEW OF THE MATCH
In case of qualifying for the final, Cruz Azul will wait for a rival training at La Noria, for next Sunday’s game of the winner of the key between America and Chivas. In case of losing, the Machine will have free Thursday and will return to training to prepare for its debut in Liga MX against Santos Laguna on Saturday, July 25.
Blue Cross reached the semifinals of the GNP Cup for Mexico 2020 after classifying as first of group B that he shared with America, Pumas and Toluca. Peru’s Yoshimar Yotun’s team added 9 units after three victories in the same number of games.
For his part, Tigers, one of the teams that is in better shape in Mexican football, came to these instances of the tournament as second in group A, just one point behind Chivas de Guadalajara. The cats ended their series with five units.
Reinforcements for the ‘Machine’
Defender José Joaquín Martínez, from the Mexican Cruz Azul, affirmed that he came to the team as reinforcement for the Apertura 2020, with the intention of breaking the drought of the almost 23-year-old institution without a league title.
“Any player would like to be here because of what Cruz Azul means. It is motivating to know that if you remain champion in Cruz Azul you make history in the team and in Mexican soccer, anyone wants that opportunity and I want to help achieve it, ”said the defender in a videoconference.
The ‘Shaggy’ Martínez acknowledged that it will not be easy to give La Maquina its ninth league after more than two decades without a league championship, but declared that this makes the challenge more attractive.
“Being a champion is not going to be easy, it has been 23 years that it has not been achieved, but we are all committed to work, in addition, things when they cost more are worth it,” he added.
This is how the Cup for Mexico 2020 is played
The GNP Cup for Mexico 2020 will allow participants to enter a competitive rhythm for days after debuting at the Apertura, which will have some new features such as the elimination of relegation and the change in the classification format for the league, according to which the four best players will gain access. direct to that phase, the decisive one of the tournament.
The other four places will be for the winners of the series to a match between the teams located between the fifth and twelfth places. The fifth will receive the twelfth, the sixth to the eleventh, the seventh to the tenth and the eighth to the ninth.
Blue Cross vs. Tigres: match times and channels
- Peru: 21:00
- Mexico: 21:00 / TUDN and Azteca Deportes
- Colombia: 21:00
- Chile: 22:00
- Argentina: 23:00
- EE.UU: 18:00 PST / TUDN USA