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Concachampions 2022: after a tie, Pumas are finalists of the CONCACAF Champions League

Pumas, once again Cruz Azul's worst nightmare.

The Pumas will await their opponent between Seattle Sounders and New York City FC.
The Pumas will await their opponent between Seattle Sounders and New York City FC.

Pumas qualified for its fifth CONCACAF club tournament final after defeating Cruz Azul 2-1 on aggregate. The Azteca Stadium, which hosted the second leg, did not have the goal shout but witnessed an exciting match, in which the Universitarios suffered the expulsion of Arturo Ortiz at minute 63, and the VAR denied them a penalty kick, but not the ticket to the championship match.

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The fans' feelings began with an up-and-down mood in the fourth minute when Juan Dinenno took a long-range shot that went close to Sebastián Jurado's goal, but just 10 minutes later, La Máquina responded with a header from Adrián Aldrete.

The first clear action came at 16' after a filtered pass from Uriel Antuna left Ignacio Rivero in front of Alfredo Talavera, but the Uruguayan crossed his shot too far and it went just wide of the goal.

The felines were not far behind and at 19', Juan Dinenno took advantage of Diogo de Oliveira's speed to send a deep pass to the Brazilian, who took a shot that Sebastián Jurado saved with a spectacular flight.

Pumas missed a pass after a corner kick in their favor, which Cruz Azul took advantage of to initiate a counterattack with the speed of Uriel Antuna who, in front of Alan Mozo's marker, waited for Iván Morales to arrive, but when he was in front of Alfredo Talavera, his shot flew over in the 20th minute.

The visitors closed the first half with the clearest scoring chances, and at 33' Leonel López had a goal disallowed for offside, and at 37', Arturo Ortiz missed an unmarked header in front of the Cementeros goal.

Pumas was looking for the win

Pumas opened the second half with a counterattack at 47' that ended with a shot by Juan Dinenno that went just wide of Sebastián Jurado's goal, who followed the ball with a look of anguish at the proximity.

Juan Reynoso moved his players and at 59' sent on Santiago Giménez and Christian Tabó, who came on for Rafael Baca and Iván Morales.

The changes paid off just four minutes later when Santiago Giménez got the better of the Pumas defenders and was all alone in front of Alfredo Talavera, but just before entering the opponent's area, Arturo Ortiz brought him down, and the 'Palermo' was sent off at 63'.

The VAR appeared at 75' to cancel an alleged penalty kick after Adrián Aldrete swept Diogo de Oliveira, but referee Mario Escobar, after reviewing the action, canceled it.

After Arturo Ortiz was sent off and with little time left on the clock, Pumas adopted a defensive posture, while Cruz Azul went on the attack. However, La Máquina lacked the imagination to open up the Universitarios, who left the Azteca Stadium with a ticket to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League.

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