The hope was that the Liga MX Apertura 2013 final between defending champions Club America, and Leon would play out to be an entertaining game just like it appeared to promise on paper. Luckily for us fans, the game on paper played out on Thursday night as Leon took advantage of playing the first leg at home and better finishing to take a 2-0 lead as the final 90 minutes will be played out at the Azteca Stadium on Sunday afternoon/early evening.
Any reservations of the first leg being a methodical and closed affair were dispelled early on as both Leon and America sent a message of looking to attack and strike first to open the final. At the tenth minute of play, it would be Leon who would be rewarded for their early aggressive play as Carlos Peña, possibly Leon’s best player during the season, scored to give Leon a 1-0 lead as he collected a failed clearance from Aquivaldo Mosquera and struck one into the back of the net.
After that, both teams would continue to aggressively attack the other’s goal as both would create scoring chances with Leon overrunning and overwhelming Juan Carlos Medina as America’s lone holding midfielder while America as they have done so often, created their chances with runs and crosses from their wing backs Miguel Layun and Paul Aguilar. In addition both goalkeepers, Moises Munoz and William Yarbrough showed that they were up to the task of the game as both made fantastic saves to keep the scoreline 1-0.
Late in the second half with America playing better at that moment of the game, Leon hit against the run of play and would add to their lead at the 76th minute as Mauro Boselli showed good touch, skill, and calmness as he slotted home the 2-0 from a tricky angle. Leon would come close to adding their lead but Munoz made some fine saves which ensured that America would not have such a monumental hill to overcome on Sunday.
In the end, for fans and neutrals alike, this was a very good game with both teams respecting their respective tactical philosophies and attacked. Leon merited taking the advantage as they showed better skill at the moment it came to scoring. America and in particular Luis Gabriel Rey, were wasteful with some of their scoring chances. While America can overturn a 2-0 deficit come Sunday, it is hard to see them keeping Leon at bay and holding them to no goals scored as they will attack America just as aggressively in the the final 90 like they did the first 90 on Thursday night.