León hit the crossbar in the 8th minute, but it was an injury rather than a goal-scoring opportunity that drew attention in the first half. In the 18th minute, Renato Ibarra was on the receiving end of a hard tackle by Andrés Andrade that led to the Ecuadorian leaving the stadium in an ambulance. América later confirmed on social media that Ibarra had suffered a fractured fibula.
A few minutes after that, León also lost a player, but due to a red card, not injury. Jorge Pereyra was sent off in the 20th minute for a foul on Miguel Ángel Samudio. But despite going down to 10 men, León was able to take the lead. Just before halftime, Mauro Boselli headed home a cross from Guillermo Burdisso to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
It didn’t take América long to react, though, and in the 46th minute they tied the game. Bruno Valdez got the final touch to a corner kick and headed it past William Yarbrough to make it 1-1.
América came close to completing the comeback on a few occasions, and debutant Diego Laínez was active up top. However, Silvio Romero missed one of the clearest opportunities and in the end the Águilas had to settle for the draw.
With the 1-1 draw, León reaches six points while América reaches 11.
León: William Yarbrough, Guillermo Burdisso, Diego Novaretti, Carlos Guzmán, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Juan Ignacio González, Elías Hernández (Carlos Peña 82′), Andrés Andrade (Juan Cornejo 73′), Leonel López, Jorge Pereyra, Mauro Boselli (Fernando Navarro 77′).
América: Agustín Marchesín, Paolo Goltz, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Pablo Aguilar, Bruno Valdez, William da Silva, José Daniel Guerrero (Diego Lainez 45′), Renato Ibarra (Carlos Darwin Quintero 18′), Michael Arroyo, Silvio Romero (Carlos Rosel 80′), Oribe Peralta.