In the Apertura 2016 edition of the Clásico Joven, América took advantage of a red card to overturn a 3-0 deficit and defeat Cruz Azul 3-4. The loss ends a three-game unbeaten streak for La Máquina, while the victory snaps the Águilas’ three-game winless run.
Cruz Azul started the game off brightly, with Julián Velázquez nearly opening the scoring in just the fourth minute. However, his header hit the crossbar.
Then, in the 17th minute, the hosts earned a free kick about 35 yards out, and the evergreen Chaco Giménez sent it unerringly into the back of the net to give Cruz Azul the 1-0 lead.
Giménez then made it 2-0 in the 21st minute, finishing off a loose ball after Jorge Benítez had driven into the box and danced through the defense, only to bump into Moisés Muñoz and lose the ball. The rebound fell nicely for Giménez, who sent it into the empty net.
In the 25th minute, Rubens Sambueza was called for a foul on Benítez in the box and referee Fernando Hernández didn’t hesitate to point to the penalty spot. Francisco Silva stepped up to take the PK and he converted it to make it 3-0.
La Máquina looked firmly in control of the game, but everything changed in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Aldo Leao was red-carded for a foul on Javier Güemez, leaving the hosts with just 10 men. From the ensuing free kick, Oribe Peralta scored to make it 3-1 and give América a lifeline.
In the 73rd minute, Renato Ibarra got free on the left and sent the ball in for Silvio Romero, whose header made it 3-2. Then, in the 89th minute, Pablo Aguilar finished off a pass from Sambueza to level the game 3-3.
Even that feat was not enough for América, however, and the Águilas went on to complete the turnaround in the 91st minute. Ibarra connected with Romero, who scored his second of the night to give the visitors the 3-4 lead.
With the 3-4 win, América reaches 14 points while Cruz Azul remains on eight.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Adrián Aldrete, Julio César Domínguez, Julián Velázquez, Enzo Roco, Francisco Silva (Ariel Rojas 76′), Aldo Leao, Rafael Baca, Christian Giménez (Omar Mendoza 55′), Joao Rojas, Jorge Benítez (Erick Torres 82′).
América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Pablo Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Osmar Mares (Renato Ibarra 55′), Rubens Sambueza, Javier Güemez (Michael Arroyo 66′), Osvaldo Martínez, William da Silva, Silvio Romero, Oribe Peralta.