The Águilas del ‘Tano’ Ortiz climb to the qualifying zone with scores from Zendejas, Viñas and Valdés over Bravos, who reach ten games without winning
The America takes flight under the orders of Fernando Ortiz and this Saturday they won by a 3-0 win over braves on the field of the Azteca Stadium, in a game that puts them squarely in the fight for a place in the playoffs and after an improvement in their style of play.
The Eagles have adapted little by little to the style of play of their interim coach, leaving behind the ghosts they had during the first half of the tournament under the orders of Santiago Solari and giving confidence to elements that were erased such as Federico Vinas.
From the first minutes the local team cornered their rival and having Roger Martínez as the best element of the azulcrema team overflowing, trying to finish off and looking for his teammates in the area.
Although America started better, it was Juarez the one who came close to scoring first. Martín Galván leaked the ball to Flavio Santos and in the action Jorge Meré swept badly causing the forward of the border box to be left alone against Guillermo Ochoa, who came out quickly and reduced the rival’s shot and thereby save the goal.
The shot was only shocked, because the azulcrema regained control and just at minute 27 Alexander Zendejas He was in charge of moving the electronic when recovering the ball outside the rival area, so he was outlined with his left leg and from mid-distance he shot placed to beat goalkeeper Carlos Rodríguez.
Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti’s team was barely recovering from the first blow when Federico Vinasthree minutes, surprised with a free kick that he took with his left leg and stopped Felipe Rodríguez.
With the score in favor America The second half began with more caution and leaving greater freedom of movement to the rival team, which had some approaches to Memo Ochoa’s goal in a lukewarm manner and without generating any real danger.
The best opportunity for Juarez in time he reached the 61st minute with a header from Darío Lezcano, who alone and without a goalkeeper in front of him hit the ball with his head and sent it over the side of the goal.
Despite the adverse score, the team from braves he did not lower his arms, he looked for the ball and they had approaches to the area marked by the momentum of their players and hoping for some personal spark that would bring them closer to the scoreboard.
With the passing of the minutes America they looked comfortable, they owned the ball, they didn’t risk too much and the changes refreshed the squad, so they had some actions close to the rival area.
The America tried to extend the advantage in the last minutes. Jorge Sanchez and Diego Valdes They tried medium distance, but their shots went through the side of the area, while at minute 88 Henry Martín lost a clear opportunity by entering the rival area only before the goalkeeper, he crashed the ball against the goalkeeper and with it he missed the opportunity to put 3-0, but what he did achieve was the booing of a crowd that demands that he be the team’s leading striker.
Who did not miss the opportunity was Valdeswho became the most insistent element in the second half and in the last minute of action took the ball outside the area, lengthened the ball and with a powerful shot from his right foot he beat Rodríguez.
The Azteca Stadium was a party with a America who begins to regain confidence and this Saturday will sleep in the playoff zone, although they could go out again on Sunday in the absence of several games.
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America vs. FC Juarez – Match Report – April 9, 2022 – ESPN