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Morelia looked to be getting their first impressive result of the tournament with a man of the match like performance by their goalkeeper Carlos Fernandez and a foundation to build on was demolished by Oribe Peralta in stoppage time to give America a 3-2 victory.
Peralta rescues America in final moments
08/16/2014
 
América 3-2 Morelia

Morelia looked to be getting their first impressive result of the tournament with a man of the match-like performance by their goalkeeper Carlos Rodriguez but a foundation to build on was demolished by Oribe Peralta in stoppage time to give America a 3-2 victory.


This is the second time this season America scored in the final minutes to win a game. America were able to take the lead twice through two great plays by Pablo Aguilar and captain Rubens Sambueza.


The first goal came in minute 37 through perfectly designed set piece. Sambueza took it early for low pass into the box for Paul Aguilar who crossed over the defense to an open Pablo Aguilar to head it home for the lead.


Luis Gabriel Rey was selected to start in Raul Jimenez's place had solid performance including several chances to extend the lead. The first coming two minutes after the opening goal when Rey dribbled into the box and rifled a shot to the left corner but forced Rodriguez to come up with a huge stop.


Rodriguez had outstanding game, denying America from extending the lead, especially in the second half. This could have been a massacre without the keeper's impressive saves. Morelia's resilience paid off early in the second half with what looked like a broken play turned into the equalizer in minute 51. 


Duvier Riascos received a floating cross to the far post and only a slight touch was necessary to head into the goal due to several America defenders ball watching, which is simply not acceptable at the professional level.  


Riascos came down with what looked a hamstring injury several minutes later after and had to be subbed off.


Sambueza was forced to take things into his own hands through a great individual run down the middle resulted in a 2-1 lead. The captain dribbled through the midfield with yards of space in front of him and a took a powerful shot that the keeper was unable to push away. 


America pressured heavily from that point and it appeared that Morelia's resilience would finally break. Fernandez pulled save after save to keep his team in the game and in minute 75 they managed to breakthrough, again. This time by the substitute, David Depetris, who was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. Depetris saw the ball rebound towards his way after a corner and was able to poke it home through the legs of Moises Munoz and what was his first touch of the game.


Morelia played a hard fought game. A game they can use as confidence for the rest of the tournament as the potential is there. 


America would have to improve their defense and communication in training this week. The way in which the goals were allowed minor,however, it should be mentioned that this Morelia team had not scored up until today.


America keep their unbeaten streak alive and their place at the top of the league table. Morelia are still winless with 2 points and may be at the bottom of table by this weekend's end depending on the matches still yet to play. 


Morelia next face Tigres at home while America visit Chiapas in what should be a tough contest for the current league leaders. 



 
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