The Apertura 2017 regular season came to a close tonight with Santos hosting America in the final game, the outcome of which would finalize the 2 unsettled playoff pairings. After a near-stalemate throughout, America got a late breakthrough to take a 1-0 victory on the road. Guido Rodriguez ended, stat-wise, a very disappointing first half with his first and only goal of the tournament in the 80th minute. On paper he was a bust of sorts after leaving Tijuana after 6 goals and Defensive Player of the Year honors to follow old coach Miguel Herrera to America. Rodriguez’s first half line: 13 games, 1 goal, 5 Amarillas, 2 Rojas.
As a result, America will finish the regular season 3rd and will play Mexico City rival Cruz Azul in the Quarterfinals, while the 4-5 matchup will be Morelia-Toluca.
Goals-Guido Rodriguez (America, 80′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 1, Santos 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 6, America 4
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Osvaldo Martinez, 38′, Nestor Araujo, 68′), America 2 (Bruno Valdez, 56′, Oribe Peralta, 83′)
Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 27,849 (95.2% capacity)
America-Cruz Azul in quarterfinals
Santos-Clausura 2018 Tournament