Cruz Azul emerged as champions of the first-ever Leagues Cup by defeating Tigres UANL 2-1. The player of the match for ‘La Maquina’ was Yoshimar Yotun, who scored the opening goal via a penalty kick and later assisted Jonathan Rodriguez in the winning goal.
Usually, the designated penalty taker in Cruz Azul is Milton Caraglio. Yotun explained why the Argentine center forward allowed him to take it, giving him the chance to be the hero.
“Milton is the one in charge of taking penalties. I just thanked him (in the locker room) for giving me the ball,” Yotun said. “I told him I wanted to kick it, that I was feeling confident to do it, and despite him being a forward, he gave me the chance. It speaks volumes of the kind of person he is.”
The Peruvian midfielder emphasized that a team such as Cruz Azul has to win every tournament they take on, even if it’s a new one like Leagues Cup.
“As a big club, we always want to win every competition,” Yotun said. “There’s a cup on the line, it’s the first Leagues Cup, and it'll go down in history that it was won by Cruz Azul. We take on every tournament with a lot of responsibility.”
He also mentioned that he and his teammates couldn’t disappoint the loyal Cruz Azul fans that made their way to the stadium in every round of Leagues Cup to support them, even though they always played on American soil.
“To be honest, it’s incredible the support that we get. I hadn’t had the chance of playing with a Mexican team outside of the country,” the Peruvian said. “In Chicago it was all blue, in LA it was all blue, and today (in Las Vegas), again, all blue.
“That tells you how big Cruz Azul are, with all those fans filling up the stadium. How can we not get them the trophy? Of course, it’s for them."
Yotun concluded by explaining the dance he did after scoring and to who it was dedicated.
“The dance celebration is for my daughter, it’s from a cartoon. It’s for my daughter and my boy, my family in Peru, and my wife in Mexico,” Yotun said.