Fulltime: LAFC 2, Cruz Azul 1. LAFC win! They’re through to the semifinals. Thanks for following along, check out the full recap.
71st minute: GOOOOOOOOL LAFC! Mahala Opoku opens his professional account with a blast from the edge of the box, to put LAFC ahead! What a moment!
Halftime: We’re tied 1-1 through 45. I think that’s a fair scoreline on the balance of play, and it’s anybody’s game at this point. What will the second 45 bring? We’ll see soon.
38th minute: GOOOOOOOL LAFC! Carlos Vela scores a penalty himself to put LAFC level. Game on!
15th minute: Goal Cruz Azul. Yoshi Yotun converts the penalty after Eddie Segura pushes Orbelin Pineda over in the box. LAFC are in a hole now.
LAFC don’t have too many surprises: Latif Blessing is on the bench, in favor of Jose Cifuentes, and Danny Musovski starts, with Brian Rodriguez on the bench.
Cruz Azul are missing Jesus Corona in goal, as expected, and top scorer Jonathan Rodriguez is not in the XI.
Los Angeles Football Club are back in action Wednesday night, hopefully not for the last time in 2020, as they will resume the Concacaf Champions League after a nine-month layoff in the competition, taking on Cruz Azul in the quarterfinal round from neutral site Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
LAFC haven’t played in a few weeks, after falling in the MLS Cup Playoffs to the Seattle Sounders. That matchup was especially tough for the black-and-gold, and missing the likes of Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez, among others, further put LAFC out of the game. It was a disappointing result in a disappointing MLS season, but possibly they have a chance to redeem themselves this year, if they can advance in CCL.
Cruz Azul are in much more disarray than LAFC. They choked with a 4-0 lead in their semifinal series in the Liga MX playoffs and missed the final altogether, and their manager has departed, the U-20 manager taking the helm for this one. Apparently, goalkeeper Jesús Corona has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, still, and won’t be available. Obviously, given the time we’re in, literally anyone can test positive at anytime, so we’ll see who’s available.
This is a win or go home scenario, if LAFC win they are in the semifinal, and if they don’t the season is definitively over for them. It’s hard to really project they can dominate, but they’ve shown glimpses of their best this year and could be at their healthiest since the spring. Cruz Azul could come flying out of the traps looking for redemption themselves, or they could be a mess that LAFC could spring a shock on. It’s in these teams’ hands now, they need to perform if they want to keep their CCL quest alive.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Sunday afternoon, LAFC are (+200), Cruz Azul are (+135) and a draw (for betting purposes) is (+230). The bookmaker gives Cruz Azul a slight edge but this is pretty close to a tossup, and given the uncertainty surrounding Cruz Azul, that makes some sense.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and Cruz Azul will be televised nationally on FS2 and TUDN, which you can watch via FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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