América earned a 2-1 victory over Pumas UNAM in the Clásico Capitalino on Saturday, which also marked Ricardo La Volpe’s first game in charge of the club. The victory snaps a four-game home winless streak for the Águilas, while the universitarios remain winless on the road in the Apertura 2016.
The game couldn’t have started any better for the hosts, who were up 2-0 before five minutes had elapsed. In just the 2nd minute, América sent a free kick into the box that was met by Oribe Peralta; Alejandro Palacios made the initial save, but Pablo Aguilar was there to finish off the rebound.
Two minutes after that, América forced a turnover in midfield and then, via some quick passing, put the ball on the feet of William da Silva at the top of the box. He sent his left-footed shot into the lower right corner to make it 2-0 in the 4th minute.
With the lead, América settled back to look for opportunities on the counter, while Pumas had more of the ball. In the 10th minute, the visitors began to challenge Moisés Muñoz, but he was up to the task until the final moments of the half, when Matías Britos’s shot found the upper right corner to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Pumas made an attack-minded halftime substitution, bringing on Fidel Martínez as they looked to find an equalizer. They kept control of the ball, but in their forays forward they left space at the back for América to use on the counter.
In the 59th minute, Rubens Sambueza had the chance to put the game away, but “Pikolín” did well to keep the Argentinian off the board. The universitarios were always in the match, but they never quite did enough to find a second goal.
With the 2-1 win, América reaches 18 points while Pumas remain on 17.
América: Moisés Muñoz, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Paul Aguilar, Osmar Mares, José Daniel Guerrero (Bruno Valdez 76′), Rubens Sambueza, Osvaldo Martínez, William da Silva (Javier Güemez 61′), Oribe Peralta, Silvio Romero (Michael Arroyo 69′).
Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Luis Fernando Fuentes, Darío Verón, Marcelo Alatorre, Jesús Gallardo (Eduardo Herrera 74′), Gerardo Alcoba, Javier Cortés, Pablo Barrera (Saúl Berjón 81′), Kevin Escamilla (Fidel Martínez 46′), Abraham González, Matías Britos.