The Uruguayan Jonathan Rodriguez scored two goals this Sunday to hit cross
Blue a 1-2 win over Lion with which he won the trophy Champion of Champions from last season.
In Carson, California, Rodríguez (60 ‘and 67’) scored for the Cruz Azul of Peruvian coach Juan Reynoso, monarch of the Clausura 2021, and Santiago Ormeño (82 ‘) discounted for the Lion of Argentine Ariel Holan, starter of the 2020 Apertura.
The first half was attractive with both teams looking for goals and outstanding performances by the goalkeepers, Iván Vázquez Mellado, for León, and José de Jesús Corona, for the Blues.
In the second half, Cruz Azul created the first dangerous arrival in 51 with a distant shot from Jonathan Rodríguez, chosen this Saturday as the best footballer in the league.
The Azules de Reynoso intensified the attack at the beginning of the second half; in 57 the Ecuadorian Ángel Mena stopped an off-hook and saved the León, but in the 60, the ‘Cabecita’ Rodríguez made it 0-1 by winning the mark on the defense and converting with the right.
León sent Colombian striker Omar Fernández onto the field in an offensive bet, but it was the celestial ones who expanded the advantage with Rodríguez’s second goal, off the goalkeeper on a pass from Santiago Giménez.
In 81, the Peruvian Yoshimar Yotún faked a foul in the area and won a second warning that left Cruz Azul with one man less. León took advantage of the numerical advantage in the area and in minute 82 he approached with a goal from Ormeño to a pass from Omar Fernández.
The Lion went with everything to attack against a rival waiting for a counterattack. In the discount León suffered the expulsion of Fidel Ambriz, the epilogue of the duel.
This is Cruz Azul’s third Champion of Champions trophy, previously won in 1968-1969 and 1973-1973. The match left everything ready for the start of the Clausura 2021 tournament in which the Blues will begin the defense of the title on Monday 26, in their stadium against Mazatlán, two days after the León debuted at Pachuca’s home.
1 – Leon: Iván Vázquez Mellado; Andrés Mosquera, William Tesillo, Jaine Barreiro, José Iván Rodríguez; Ángel Mena, Jean Meneses (Santiago Ormeño m.77), Fidel Ambriz, José David Ramírez (Elías Hernández m.92), Luis Montes; Emmanuel Gigliotti.
Coach: Ariel Holan
2 – Blue Cross: José de Jesús Corona; Julio César Domínguez, Pablo Aguilar, Juan Escobar, José Ignacio Rivero (José Joaquín Martínez m.77); Yoshimar Yotún, Rafael Baca, Guillermo Fernández; Bryan Angulo (Santiago Giménez m.46), Jonathan Rodríguez (Luis Ángel Mendoza m.85), Walter Montoya (Alexis Peña m.77).
Coach: Juan Reynoso
Goals: 0-1, Jonathan Rodríguez (m. 60); 0-2, Jonathan Rodríguez (m. 67); 1-2, Santiago Ormeño (m. 82)
Referee: Luis Enrique Santander. He admonished Luis Montes, Jaine Barreiro; Yoshimar Yotún, Guillermo Fernández and José Ignacio Rivero. He expelled Yoshimar Yotún and Fidel Ambriz.
Incidents: Game for the Champion of Champions trophy, held at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California.