Apertura 2016 Semifinals: America 1, Necaxa 1

The second semifinals matchup got underway tonight, and it was a tale of two halves between America & Necaxa. After a first half that was relatively quiet action-wise, both sides cranked up the intensity in a very physical and faster-paced second half which ended in a 1-1 tie. The goals came just 5 minutes apart in the second half-Luis Gallegos put Necaxa ahead in the 62nd minute but William Da Silva’s close-range floater over the Necaxa goalkeeper in the 67th minute tied it up, then it really got heated afterwards. In the 70th minute, America’s Miguel Samudio drew one of a combined 8 Amarillas between the teams for a hard slide tackle in the corner, with the tackled Necaxa player falling down on top of Samudio-his shoving off the player led to tempers flaring between both sides and it didn’t let up the rest of the way. With the equalizing away goal, America will take the advantage into the second leg despite the tie, but it will still be winner-take-all if it ends outright.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Gallegos (Necaxa, 62′, 1st of playoffs), William Da Silva (America, 67′, 2nd of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 2, America 1
Corner kicks-America 6, Necaxa 4
Amarillas-America 4 (Edson Alvarez, 36′, Osvaldo Martinez, 64′, Miguel Samudio, 69′, Ventura Alvarado, 74′), Necaxa 4 (Brayan Beckeles, 14′, Edson Puch, 28′, Jesus Isijara, 70′, Manuel Iturra, 90+3′)

Venue-Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance-22,746 (95.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at America