Club America beat Chivas Guadalajara in their Quarterfinal matchup in the Liga MX 2016 Clausura Playoffs 2-1, advancing to play either Monterrey or Leon. It is the seventh time America eliminated Chivas in Liguilla history.
With the win, America advances to their 31st Liga MX semifinal, 11 more than any other team.
It is also the third semifinal appearance in the last four Liguilla tournaments for America. When beating Chivas in the Quarterfinals or later, Las Aguilas have gone on to win the Championship two of the last six times.
America has gone unbeaten in nine straight games when playing at home to Chivas, last losing in the 1982-83 Semifinals.
Chivas, despite the historical dominance of America, came into the playoff matchup on a eight-game unbeaten streak of their own, last losing to rivals America on March 13 2-1.
The game winning goal game from Oribe Peralta, who entered the game goalless in his last eight games in all competitions. Peralta scored on the counter-attack, America’s 15th such goal since Peralta joined in 2014, most in Liga MX. It is Peralta’s sixth counter-attack goal since joining América, tied for the most such goals with Monterrey’s Dorlan Pabon.
Orbelin Pineda opened up the scoring for Chivas with a long-distance strike in the ninth minute, scoring from 34.1 yards out. It was his longest goal of his career.
After America equalized in the 27th minute from the penalty spot, Chivas got their opportunity to re-take the lead with a penalty of their own. Carlos “Gullit” Pena stepped up and hit the crossbar, his second miss of four as a member of Guadalajara.