Next Wednesday the Concachampions champion will be defined at Lumen Field.
With blood, claw and heart, it was like the Pumas fought in CU but in the end, they were overtaken and tied 2-2 against the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final.
With a double by Juan Ignacio Dinenno (38′, from a penalty and 48′), the Unamites had achieved the minimum advantage against the MLS team, who found the discount in another penalty, with Nico Lodeiro, at 77′ and in compensation.
In perspective, the tie cost Andrés Lillini’s squad dearly, who saw one of his most important players fall due to injury, getting hurt in a clash with a rival Alan Mozo, with a clear sign of pain and on the stretcher. The scorer Dinenno continued in a big way in the continental competition, reaching nine goals in seven games played, with the help of VAR, which corrected his missed penalty and also with an assist from the Pumas Tabasco youth squad, Jesús Rivas, who replaced Mozo and placed a great serve to the head for the partial victory.
In the end, a hand from Saucedo in the area decreed the maximum penalty for Seattle, after a push on a Pedregal defender that could have been marked as an infraction and, therefore, would have invalidated the charge from the 11 steps of the visitors.
In the compensation, Efraín Velarde hit the visiting player and the VAR scored the penalty, which was the Uruguayan’s double. Pumas will have to enter the Sounders’ house to win their first official title since Clausura 2011.