Pumas UNAM have earned a shot at their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title after holding on for a 0-0 draw at Cruz Azul on Tuesday to secure a berth in the final.
The 2020 Mexican Guardianes runners-up, who were reduced to 10 men after Arturo Ortiz’s 63rd-minute red card, will face the winner of the tie between New York City and Seattle Sounders.
Seattle won the first leg at home 3-1, with the second leg to be played on Wednesday, ahead of the continental decider with the first leg scheduled for later this month.
Juan Dinneno’s double in the first leg gave Pumas the advantage in both scoreline and complexion, in comparison to what was a cagey first leg.
With Cruz Azul needing to chase the game and tie, space was not a premium on Tuesday and it was largely characterised by end-to-end football, with chances for both teams.
Uriel Antuna came closest for the hosts, but they were lacking composure in both the final pass and in front of goal.
Cruz Azul were given a small lifeline just past the hour, with Ortiz sent off for dragging down Santiago Gimenez as the last man in the 63rd minute.
Pumas were even denied a penalty in the 75th minute and managed to hold on. They will face the winner of the tie between New York City and the Seattle Sounders.