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Club América have met Juárez FC just six times in Liga MX. They have lost once and drawn twice – winning the other three times. Those three wins have come in their last three meetings, and they will be looking to keep that streak going.
On paper, Club America are the better side, and they have shown that in the last few seasons. They have managed to qualify for the playoffs, while Juarez have only made it once – in the 2020 edition of Clausura.
When the two sides met in the Clausura earlier this season, Club America won 3-0. Alejandro Zendejas and Federico Viñas scored in the first half to give them a comfortable lead, and Diego Valdés sealed the win with a goal in the game’s final minutes.
The hosts dominated possession and had 16 shots on goal, of which six were on target. Juarez struggled to get into the game and had just one shot on target from their four efforts. However, they created as many big chances as Club America but missed both.
The last time Juarez defeated Clum America was back in the 2020 edition of Clausura. The hosts were down to 10 men inside the first three minutes of the game as Jorge Sánchez was sent off after VAR changed the card. Diego Rolán and Darío Lezcano made the most of the situation and helped Juarez take a 2-0 lead after 21 minutes in the match.
Luis Fuentes pulled one back for Clum America in the 75th minute, and the game was set for a dramatic finish. With minutes left on the clock, Bruno Romo sealed the win for Juarez with their third goal of the match.
The two sides have also met in the Copa MX – in the 2018 and 2019 editions. Juarez won the first ever clash via the penalty shootout, while Club America defeated them 1-0 in the 2019 edition.
Club America have not made the best of starts to the Apertura season, and the friendlies with the European sides in the middle of their season have not helped. After finishing 4th in Clausura and making it to the semi-final, they were confident of doing better this season but things have not gone to plan.
Jonathan Rodríguez, Néstor Araújo, and Jürgen Damm have been added to the squad this summer. Emilio Lara and Fernando Tapia have been promoted after their impressive performances for the U20 side.
Mauro Laínez has been sold to Jurez, while Antonio López, Alonso Escoboza, and Jordan Silva have exited the club. Juan Otero, Jorge Meré, and Alan Medina have been loaned out.
They started their season at home to Atlan and were held to a goalless draw. Monterrey were up next for Club America and they made a stunning comeback to win 3-2.
The home side took the lead in the 9th minute via Stefan Medina, before Jonathan Rodríguez and Alejandro Zendejas scored for Club America. The away side had control of the ball, but Maximiliano Meza and Rodrigo Aguirre scored in the second half to help Monterrey seal a massive win.
It seemed like Club America were set to drop points once again when they faced Toluca in the 3rd match. Richard Sánchez popped up as their hero and scored the lone goal of the match in the 93rd minute to seal their first win of the season.
However, they could not do much after the win as they were up against Chelsea and Manchester City in the friendlies next. Both Premier League sides defeated them 2-1, and the players were dejected.
Back in league action after 10 days, they were beaten comfortably by Club Tijuana. Club America dominated possession and had 63% of it, but managed to get just one of their three shots on target. Lisandro López and Joaquín Montecinos scored for Tijuana and they wrapped up all three points.
Real Madrid were up next in another friendly, and this time they managed to hold the Champions League winners to a 2-2 draw. However, their form in the league suffered again as Club Leon defeated them 3-2. Ángel Mena scored a penalty 15 minutes into stoppage to seal the dramatic win for Leon.
Roger Martínez is still out with a knee injury and is only expected back in September.
Juarez are aiming to qualify for the playoffs in Apertura for the first time in their history. They have done well in the market and brought in talents from around the globe to strengthen their squad.
They managed to lure Darwin Machís from Granada and also signed Mauro Laínez from Club America. Jesús Dueñas, Carlos Salcedo, Emiliano Velázquez, Alfredo Talavera, Javier Salas, and Adrián Mora have also joined to bolster the squad.
Club America’s Alan Medina is also a part of Juarez’s team this season after he joined on a season-long loan. José Esquivel, Anderson Leite, Francisco Contreras, Martín Galván, Carlos Rosel, Juan Velásquez, and Paul Aguilar have left the squad in the clear out this summer as Juarez refreshed their squad.
While they have done well off the pitch, it has not been reflected in the results. They drew 0-0 with Guadalajara in the season opener after defending 14 shots from the home side.
They did well against Club Tijuana in the next match and managed to pick up their first win of the season. Gabriel Fernández scored a brace to help them win 2-0 in a one-sided affair that saw them keep 60% possession.
Gabriel Fernándezscored early in the next game as well, but missed a penalty too. Jordan Silva scored for the away side as Queretaro hung on to share the points after a 1-1 draw.
Club Necaxa and Tigres UNAL were up next for Juarez and they lost both matches 1-0. They dominated possession in both games, but could not do much in front of goal and failed to score.
Juarez were up against Toluca next and Maximiliano Olivera scored in the 88th minute to hand them a 1-0 lead. However, the home side could not keep hold of it for the rest of the game and drew after Jean Meneses scored in the 92nd minute.
Juarez had to fight for their point against Atletico de San Luis and they had to work extra hard after Sabin Merino scored for the away side in the first half. The referee handed them a lifeline in the 51st minute, but VAR ruled out the penalty. Alan Medina still managed to score the equalizer minutes later to seal a 1-1 draw.
Maximiliano Olivera and Maximiliano Silvera are suspended for the match against Club America. The rest of the squad is fit and available.
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|Teams||Club America vs Juarez|
|Time||Sunday, August 7 at 9.05 pm EST onwards|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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