Mexico City, Oct 26 (IANS) League-leading Club America will square off on Saturday against second-placed Cruz Azul in a highly anticipated Matchday 14 showdown in Mexican soccer’s Apertura championship.
America (27 points) has a record of eight wins, three draws and two losses and is just one point ahead of Mexico City rival Cruz Azul coming into their match in high-altitude conditions at the capital’s Estadio Azteca, the home ground for both teams, reports Efe.
The rivalry makes for an intense match no matter the circumstances.
But the stakes are higher on this occasion because if one team wins it will end the weekend in first place with just three games remaining in regular-season play in the Apertura, the first of two championships in the 2018-2019 Mexican-league season.
America will almost surely remain in first if the contest ends in a draw.
Last weekend, America took over first thanks to its 3-0 win over Tijuana and Cruz Azul’s 2-0 loss to Queretaro.
“Cruz Azul has shown something different from previous tournaments. That in itself means a change in what the match will be like, because (the Azules) tended to have certain difficulties when they faced America. I think this time it’ll be different,” Moises Muñoz, a retired goalkeeper and former Club America player, said.