Club América were the first team that ensured their ticket in the semifinals of Clausura 2022 after beating 3-2 Club Puebla in the second leg of the quarterfinals and a 4-3 aggregate, and now only four teams get in the way for a new Liga MX title.
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Las Águilas keep improving their unbeaten streak, as they now have 10 straight games without knowing what a defeat is, which explains how they managed to leave the bottom of the table and finish the regular season standing fourth.
For Las Águilas, Henry Martín was able to find the net once again, showing that he’s slowly leaving his drought behind him. Diego Valdés scored the second goal via penalty kick that became the play that define the rest of the game and Alejandro Zendejas scored the last goal for the Azulcremas.
Although Club Puebla fought the entire game to try to revert the result, they weren’t able to recover from the penalty kick that the referee and the VAR repeated after Antony Silva had managed to stop the first time, and even if Fernando Aristeguieta scored a late goal, it wasn’t enough for La Franja.
Why did the VAR decide to repeat the penalty kick?
According to the rule, if the goalkeeper doesn’t have one foot on the goal line at the moment of the kick, he has an advantage over the kicker, which allows the referee to repeat the play. that’s what happened with Antony Silva.
But during the broadcasting, it was revealed that even if the foot was not touching the line, his heel was behind the line at the moment that Bruno Valdés first touched the ball. The VAR, instead of calling the referee for him to watch it and decide himself, instructed him to repeat the penalty.
According to sports journalist David Faitelson, the reason behind the controversial decision was because Club América is one of the biggest clubs in Liga MX and their presence in the semifinals will increase not only the viewers but also the investments from the sponsors.
América produces $3.8 million from advertising
According to reports from El Financiero, Club América can produce up to $3.8 million from advertising each game, especially if they are playing in the knockout stage, which is why their presence in semifinals benefits not only them, but also Liga MX and Televisa.