Former Liberty Professionals man, Latif Blessing was on the score sheet for Los Angeles FC against Mexican side Club América in the CONCACAF Champions League today.
The Ghanaian international scored the game’s last goal in the closing stages of the match to put his team in a comfortable 3-1 lead in the 94th minute of the end-to-end and frenetic encounter.
Sebastian Caceres headed home the opening goal of the match on the 11th minute when he rose the highest in the box to meet a cross following a corner kick to give the Méxican Club a well-deserving lead early in the game.
The MLS team was dealt a big blow heading into the break when their player, Eduard Atuesta was sent off by the center referee to reduce LAFC to 10-men.
Carlos Vela, a Mexican international netted the equaliser for the Major League Soccer team few seconds after the break to level for the 10-men LAFC and quickly coach Bob Bradley introduced the Ghanaian, Blessing into the game when the score was 1-1.
Sixty seconds later, Vela was at it again as he grabbed his personal second of the match to put his team in a 2-1 lead to turn the matche around two minutes after returning from the break.
Luis Reyes was also shown the exit door on the 79th minute to reduce the Mexican team, Club América to ten men for the last ten minutes of the match as both played with 10-men each.
As the Mexican club pushed forward for the equalizer, LAFC had a quick counter break but Carlos Vela was denied a hat-trick by the Club América goalkeeper but could not deny Blessing from the rebounds as the Ghanaian slotted the ball into the top left corner to send LAFC through to the CANCACAF Champions League final with a 3-1 score line.
Los Angeles FC, after becoming the first American club to eliminate three Mexican teams will face another Mexican club in the final on December 24 when they clash with Tigres UANL for the silverware.
— LAFC (@LAFC) December 20, 2020