In the Clausura 2017 edition of the Clásico Joven, América earned a 2-0 victory over 10-man Cruz Azul. The result ends a three-game winless streak for the Águilas, while La Máquina are now winless in seven.
The game started off at a good pace, with both teams attacking, but it was the hosts who took the lead. In the 28th minute, Oribe Peralta got behind the defense and headed the ball home to make it 1-0. Peralta has now scored in five consecutive games against Cruz Azul.
La Máquina responded well after falling behind and they nearly found a tying goal just minutes later. In the 32nd minute, a long clearance by Jesús Corona found Jorge Benítez, who drove into the box, only for Agustín Marchesín to deny him.
They had another chance in the 53rd, when Rafael Baca was alone in the box but couldn’t make the opportunity count. La Máquina also felt they should have had a penalty for an apparent foul by Marchesín on Martín Rodríguez.
Cruz Azul’s hopes of tying the game were dealt a severe blow in the 73rd minute, when Enzo Roco picked up his second yellow card of the night and was sent off.
With the numerical advantage, América added to their lead and put the game out of reach for the visitors. In the 81st minute, Peralta scored his second of the night with a left-footed shot to seal the victory.
With the 2-0 win, América reaches 10 points while Cruz Azul still has six.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Bruno Valdez, José Daniel Guerrero, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Osmar Mares, Renato Ibarra, William da Silva, Michael Arroyo (Carlos Darwin Quintero 80′), Oribe Peralta (Ricardo Marín 86′), Silvio Romero (Gil Burón 78′).
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Francisco Silva, Julián Velázquez, Julio César Domínguez, Enzo Roco, Christian Giménez, Ángel Mena, Jorge Benítez (Omar Mendoza 45′), Rafael Baca (Víctor Zúñiga 80′), Martín Rodríguez, Martín Cauteruccio (Gabriel Peñalba 87′).