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Dirty Tackle

Soaking wet America manager caps miracle comeback in title match with fierce celebration

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

America won their record-equalling 11th Liga MX Clausura title in unbelievable fashion, beating Cruz Azul on penalties and making manager Miguel Herrera go absolutely bonkers. America were behind 1-0 after the first leg and suffered an even bigger setback when midfielder Jesus Antonio Molina was sent off in just the 14th minute of the second leg.

Cruz Azul then quickly added another goal in the 20th minute and with the two-goal lead on aggregate and a man advantage, it seemed they would stroll to their first title since 1997. Until the 89th minute, that belief held true. But then Aquivaldo Mosquera scored for America to push the aggregate score to 2-1. Then, in the third and final minute of injury time, America goalkeeper Moises Munoz went forward for a corner kick.

Though Munoz had three opponents and one teammate around him, the corner dropped right on his head and he nodded it towards the near post. Cruz Azul defender Alejandro Castro deflected it into the net to give America a stunning last-second equalizer (Munoz was credited with the goal) and send the match to extra time. Here's the goal...

Neither side scored in extra time, so it went to penalties. America scored on their first two attempts, but Cruzl Azul's first was saved and then Castro pulled a John Terry and slipped on the rain-soaked pitch on his attempt, sailing it over the bar. The shootout ended 4-2 in America's favor and their manager, Miguel Herrera celebrated like he was in the greatest most pit ever along the way.

Full highlights from the match can be seen here.

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