Liga MX final Cruz Azuls holds power after Club America midfielder Mateus Uribes injury

Liga MX final  Cruz Azuls holds power after Club America midfielder Mateus Uribes injury

Liga MX final Cruz Azuls holds power after Club America midfielder Mateus Uribes injury Other English editions Was it his knee? His ankle? Both? Whatever it was, it wasnt good. Mateus Uribe had to leave the field in the 57th minute and immediately was taken out of the stadium. First it looked like he was heading for the ambulance, later he ended up leaving in a private car. Either way, he was off to the hospital and the news came down shortly after that hell miss the second leg. Thats why despite a scoreless draw in the first leg, the balance of the series has shifted in favor of Cruz Azul. It will be their fans filling the Estadio Azteca with the advantage of facing an America that needs to score without its best provider.  Uribe has spent most of his America career as a two way midfielder, but manager Miguel Herrera has tried him out in an even more advanced role on a number of occasions. He inserted Joe Corona into the lineup next to Guido Rodriguez to move Uribe farther forward and allow him to add to his seven assists on the season. But from the sixth minute on, Cruz Azul had America in check. We knew between the leagues highest scoring attack and the stingiest defense. It turned out to be Cruz Azuls back line, with Pedro Caixinha gambling on pushing Julio Cesar Dominguez out to the right back spot and bringing Igor Lichnovsky into the starting XI next to Pablo Aguilar. There were some nervous moments from Lichnovsky, including a potential penalty during a clash with Bruno Valdez in the early going and several passes that bounced along the less than pristine pitch. It couldve been a worse first leg for Las Aguilas. Edgar Mendez was in late, bursting forward with a second wind in the 94th minute only to smash his shot off the crossbar and guarantee everything would be in the balance in the second leg. America is a deep team, so there are other options for Herrera. Martinez can be replaced in a straight swap with veteran Oribe Peralta, while Cecilio Dominguez can come into the XI and allow Diego Lainez to play in the center where Uribe had occupied the space. That could be a lot to ask of the 18 year old, though, especially after he was kept quiet by Cruz Azul. Theres everything to play for in the second leg. We knew it would be a closed first leg between these two teams, and we know it would look better for one team after tonights match. It looks better for Cruz Azul, even if Caixinha doesnt want to hear that or let his players think that. “I think our biggest work has been humility, the humility to be able to respect our opponents and know them deeply,” he said after the match. “We never can let ourselves get distracted. Were focused on what we have, how the match will go and what were going to do in the game. Were only interested in one thing: Winning.” Thats much more likely now, with Uribe out, with Martinez out and with Cruz Azul coming off another game in which it was able to keep its opponent in check and get a clean sheet.  Copyright © 2018 All rights reserved. The information contained in may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of

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