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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 0 vs Club América 2, Final

First leg of the Concacaf Champions League Semifinal




90+5’ – Ref whistles for the end of the game.

90+4’ – Union earn a throw-in from the sidelines here. Club America is also making a sub so we have a longer stop here. Wagner throw in goes to no one. However two back to back crosses from the wingers end with a save.

90+2 – Cory Burke gets tangled up inside the box with a club America box. Started with a shoulder to shoulder contact and there is no penalty called. It was the right call made on the field.

90+1 – Fourth official says we will see at least 5 minutes of stoppage time.

84’ – Ilsinho is coming on here and replacing Przybylko. Let us see if the super sub can spark some offense here.

82’ – Play is stopped here. Union have a free kick and a man advantage here. Wagner sends it to the back post and the ball is blocked after Burke gets an initial touch.

80’ – Blake guesses wrong and dives to his left but the ball is played to his right. Club America goes up by two here.

79’ – Lopez comes back and says it is a penalty. So Blake is has to come back up strong again.

77’ – We have VAR here. On the replay it is possible that Santos makes contact catching club America’s right leg. We will see what Robert Lopez says here as he is at the monitor.

75’ – Przybylko gets a shot off from distance and it goes wide of the net.

72’ – Santos draws a foul from the left side of the box here. Wagner lines up to swing the ball to the tall lineup inside the box. Club America gets a head on it to clear it out. Play stops as there is a player down behind the play.

67’ – Club America sub Henry Martin is on for Sebastián Córdova

66’ – Martinez beats Elliott and gets a shot off to the near post but Blake gets his hands up to save the shot.

64’ – Burke is coming up and replacing Gazdag. This is an interesting and an aggressive move by Curtin. He is trying to get a goal here.

58’ – Gazdag sends it far up the line for a streaking Santos, however Ochoa comes off his line and sends the ball out of play.

54’ – Back to back free kicks by the Union and Glesnes’ rocket shot is low and saved by Ochoa.

49’ – 5th corner for Club America here and it is sent into the air by Flach. The ball eventually goes out for a goal kick.

48’ – Santos holds the ball up and waits for Bedoya to run up the side. Bedoya crosses it from the right side and Club America’s goalkeeper gets his hands on it with no challenge.

46’ – Game is back underway at 11:10 PM. Within seconds we have a whistle blown going against the Union.

45+3’ – We have the halftime whistle. Teams head to the dressing room at 10:54 PM.

45+2’ – It has taken 46 minutes, but the U have earned their first corner kick. Also the best movement the Union have had around the box. Service is floated to the far post, Elliott gets a head on it as he comes down and the ball goes over the crossbar.

45+1’ – We will have at least 3 minutes of stoppage time here.

45’ – Powell gets beat on the left side again and the ball gets cleared for a corner. The corner amounts to nothing and eventually goes out for a goal kick.

38’ – Back to back corners here for Club America, and it amounts to an easy stop for Andre Blake. Union struggling to get anything going on offense, or keeping possession.

35’ – Martinez goes down really late for a sliding tackle and earns himself a yellow card.

33’ – Union sub in Alves Powell for Mbaizo.

31’ – Off a corner kick a man for Club America goes down inside the box. Philly clears it and tries to get a counter going but play is stopped. Coming out of the replay we see Mbaizo back on the ground. Curtin is heard saying to get Powell up and Mbaizo looks really emotional as he is coming off the field.

26’ – Mbaizo is back up and on the sideline with play resuming.

24’ – Play is stopped as Mbaizo is down on the pitch. Replay shows him getting hit in the face and at least a tooth comes out of his mouth after getting an arm in the mouth.

19’ – Santos tries to get the game leveled again as he gets the ball in the box but his shot is weak and saved by Ochoa

17’ – It is blocked by the wall, but the rebound falls to Sanchez and his rocket of a shot deflects of the shoulder of Gazdag. The deflection messes up Blake and goes into the back of the net.

16’ – Another poor timing by the Union, giving Club America a free kick from around the 18 yard box. This time the kick is from the right side.

13’ – Save number two by Blake here! Runner comes into the box and heads it right to Blake.

12’ – Bedoya commits a foul and the free kick is cleared by Bedoya.

11’ – Amazing diving save by Andre Blake! Club America had an easy service into the head of one of their players. However, it was no match for the quick hands of Blake.

4’ – After a designed play, the kick is a miss-hit inside the penalty area and goes out for a goal kick.

3’ – Bedoya commits a foul, setting up a free kick for Club America at the top left side of the box.

2’ – Big chance here early on for the Union. Gazdag with a low cross gets onto Przybylko’s foot by the shot goes wide and across the front of the net.

1’ – The game is now underway, kickoff happened at 10:06 PM

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Union

Club America

How to Watch

Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
When: 10:00 p.m. kickoff; Thursday, August 12, 2021
TV: FS1, Univision, TUDN

Injury Report

Club América

Philadelphia Union


Referee: Walter LOPEZ (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb WALES (Trinidad and Tobago)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri PUPIRO (Nicaragua)
Fourth Official: Bryan LOPEZ (Guatemala)
VAR: Drew FISCHER (Canada)
AVAR: Tatiana GUZMAN (Nicaragua)

Sean Sullivan is an Associate Editor for Philadelphia Soccer Now/Brotherly Game, where he has spent the past few years covering game day events for the Philadelphia Union. In his day job, he oversees creative and studio production for a corporate event streaming company based in the Philadelphia region.

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