América let a two-goal lead slip, but a late goal by Cecilio Domínguez gave the Águilas a 2-3 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps América unbeaten in three while Pumas suffered their first home loss of the season.
The universitarios started the game off better as they looked to take advantage of América’s absentees, as well as the forced substitution of the injured Miguel Samudio. In the 18th minute, they nearly opened the scoring when Jesús Gallardo found an open Nicolás Castillo, but he couldn’t put his shot on frame.
Then, in the 32nd minute, América took the lead against the run of play. Edson Álvarez won the ball and found Oribe Peralta, who played in Silvio Romero. “Chino” sent his shot past Alfredo Saldívar at the near post to make it 0-1.
The Águilas doubled their lead before halftime when Osmar Mares played in Peralta. “Cepillo” got past the keeper and pushed the ball into the net to make it 0-2.
Pumas reacted in the second half, however. In the 52nd minute, Josécarlos van Rankin sent a cross in for Castillo; this time, he didn’t miss, and the deficit was reduced to 1-2.
Then, in the 66th minute, Castillo scored his second of the game to tie it up 2-2 with an assist from Pablo Barrera.
The hosts continued to press as they looked to complete the comeback, but América made good use of a counterattack to restore their lead. In the 81st minute, Cecilio Domínguez scored at the near post to give the Águilas the 2-3 lead.
With the 2-3 win, América reaches 14 points while Pumas still have 14.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Gerardo Alcoba, Darío Verón, Jesús Gallardo, Pablo Barrera, Javier Cortés, Abraham González, Bryan Rabello, Matías Britos, Nicolás Castillo.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Edson Álvarez, José Daniel Guerrero, Osmar Mares, Bruno Valdez, Diego Lainez (Javier Güemez 57′), Cecilio Domínguez, William da Silva, Miguel Ángel Samudio (Erik Pimentel 12′), Oribe Peralta, Silvio Romero (Michael Arroyo 63′).