The final playoff quarterfinals started last night with the latest Clasico de Clasicos, which saw America host Guadalajara. It was, as usual, an intense physical matchup that ended score-wise with a 1-1 tie. William Da Silva put the hosts ahead with a 23rd minute goal but the Chivas got a penalty kick at the end of 1st-half stoppage time, and Carlos Salcido converted for the key away goal. Both sides took their shots in the second half-literally in some cases with Guadalajara accumulating 3 Amarillas in a 5-minute span-but they were kept off the scoreboard. With the tie, it’s winner-take-all in the second game but the Chivas also will advance with a 0-0 tie. America can also advance with a 2-2 or higher-scoring tie.
Goals-William Da Silva (America, 23′, 1st of playoffs), Carlos Salcido (Guadalajara, 45+6′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-America 5, Guadalajara 4
Corner kicks-Guadalajara 5, America 3
Amarillas-Guadalajara 4 (Michael Perez, 24′, Orbelin Pineda, 65′, Edwin Hernandez, 66′, Jair Pereira, 70′), America 2 (William Da Silva, 43′, Edson Alvarez, 45+4′)
Venue-Estadio Azteca, Distrito Federal, Mexico City
Attendance: 55,662 (68.1% capacity)
Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Guadalajara