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The defending La Liga MX champion led early but could not stand the heat at the “inferno” that is the Nemesio Diez stadium Thursday in the home game of the Apertura 2013 semifinals. Toluca FC defeated Club America 2-1 as they try to win another La Liga MX title.

The game was heated in the first half with four players earning a yellow booking. The pressure increased for the home side when Brazilian Wilson Thiago left the pitch after feeling a strain in his leg. The veteran play maker had to give up his space on the field during a very important clash.

The game appeared to be a deadlocked back-and-forth match when the visiting squad appeared to put the ball in the net. Rubens Sambueza dropped a ball in the area and passed to Paul Aguilar who centered to Luis Gabriel Rey. The Colombian did a reverse heel tap to send the ball past goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera for the 1-0.

America kept control of the field for the rest of the half keeping the home side at bay. But the visiting squad could not make any further damage. The game went to break with the Clausura 2013 champions leading.

It didn’t take long for the home side to close the gap in the second half. Only five minutes into play Isaac Brizuela shot the ball inches inside the penalty area to find Moises Muñoz’s top far corner to put the game 1-1. The fans at the “Bombonera” went wild as the chorizeros moved closer to getting the result.

Those who forgive lose games. That was the moral of the story on the pitch. America missed and missed again failing to put the ball in the net. Javier “Maza” Rodriguez had a beautiful shot that bounced off the post. Sambueza had another shot from outside the area that missed as well.

Five minutes after Toluca’s first goal Paraguayan Edgar Benitez put the red devils ahead with a left footer that found the left side of Muñoz‘s net for the final 2-1. Toluca keeps the win at home. However, America scored a very valuable goal going into Sunday’s game at the Azteca stadium.

Toluca is looking to draw with America and Chivas de Guadalajara with 11 titles in the professional era. America, on the other hand, is looking to surpass their eternal rival as the team with the most championships in Mexico. The eagles are also looking to be the first team to win back-to-back titles since Pumas UNAM in the Clausura and Apertura 2004.


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