El Estadio Azteca will be dressed in yellow this Sunday with over 15,000 Tigres fans witnessing an América looking to stand its ground as the super-leader and advancing to semifinals vs. the universitarians looking to eliminate the ‘Yellow Steam Roller,’ as they did in the Apertura 2005.
América gained the advantage last Sunday in El Volcán when Aquivaldo Mosquera tied the game 2 - 2 in the last minute of regulatory time, which translates to a global score of América 3 - 2 Tigres.
Now Ricrdo Ferreti’s team will have to either win the game, or tie 3 – 3 and finish the match from the penalty point. It’s not an easy task for the universitarians since América has the home advantage in a stadium that holds more than 100,000 spectators, however it’s not an impossible one.
Tigres and América faced each other in the Apertura 2005 playoffs and played the second leg in a similar situation. América invaded the universitarians and defeated Tigres 3 to 1, but that wasn’t the end for Tigres. With two goals of Walter Gaitán, the northern team defeated the águilas 4 to 1 and eliminated the titleholder.
Like in 2005, América, the titleholder, clearly holds the advantage, but with Miguel Herrera distracted with his appointment as Mexico’s new Head Coach, and Miguel Layún rehabilitating from an ankle strain, Tigres UANL has a good chance to repeat 2005’s Aztecazo and, again, eliminate the super-leader.