The game started off well-balanced, with neither side able to take control. With the ball staying primarily in midfield, neither goalkeeper had much to do for the first half-hour. Then, Bruno Valdéz came close to giving the Águilas the lead with a powerful header, but Tiago Volpi made a good save to deny him.
The visitors responded with a chance of their own through Yerson Candelo, but Agustín Marchesín made the initial save on Candelo’s shot and then came up big again on a follow-up attempt by Camilo Sanvezzo.
The game remained largely even in the second half, with both teams showing signs of preseason rust. It wasn’t until late in the half that they were able to create any real chances of note.
In the 78th minute, Paul Aguilar beat his defender to a ball in the air and forced a good save out of Volpi, who sent the ball out for a corner. América knocked on the door but couldn’t find the breakthrough, and with time running down it looked like the game would end goalless.
Then, in the 85th minute, Bruno Valdéz was called for a foul on Édgar Benítez in the box and referee Óscar Macías pointed to the penalty spot. Camilo Sanvezzo stepped up to take the PK and he converted it to give the Gallos Blancos the 0-1 lead and with it, the victory.
With the 0-1 win, Querétaro reaches three points while América still has zero.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Carlos Vargas (Diego Lainez 88′), Enrique Cedillo, Bruno Valdéz, William da Silva, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Paul Aguilar, Manuel Pérez, Silvio Romero (Cecilio Domínguez 64′), Oribe Peralta, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Alejandro Díaz 76′).
Querétaro: Tiago Volpi, Jaime Gómez, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Luis Esqueda, Hiram Mier, Aldo Arellano, Paolo Yrizar (Édgar Benítez 73′), Javier Güémez, Luis Noriega (Édgar Gerardo Lugo 73′), Yerson Candelo, Camilo Sanvezzo (Jonathan Bornstein 93′).