América earned their first victory of the Apertura 2017 with a 0-2 away win against Pachuca. The loss is the first the Tuzos have suffered in the Estadio Hidalgo since November 2015; it is their second loss of the young season.
The return of Pachuca’s Gold Cup players, including defensive mainstay Omar González, did not help the hosts. América seized an early lead when Cecilio Domínguez headed home a cross from Paul Aguilar in just the second minute.
Pachuca looked to respond and in the 20th minute Jonathan Urretaviscaya found Franco Jara in the box, but he couldn’t put his shot on target and the opportunity went begging.
In the second half, the Águilas added to their lead. In the 52nd minute, Carlos Darwin Quintero drove down the right, got into the box, and tried his luck; his shot was cleared off the line but not cleared out of danger; the rebound was collected and sent back to Domínguez, who scored his second of the night to make it 0-2.
That goal added more urgency to Pachuca’s attack, but they were unable to break through América’s defense, even after Guido Rodríguez was sent off in the 80th minute, giving Pachuca a numerical advantage.
Víctor Guzmán had a good chance and then late on Omar González hit the post, but the Tuzos got no closer than that as they suffered their second shutout in a row.
With the 0-2 win, América reaches three points while Pachuca still has zero.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Raúl López, Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Emmanuel García, Víctor Guzmán, Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez (Erick Aguirre 62′), Franco Jara (Germán Cano 33′), Edson Puch (Angelo Sagal 57′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Edson Álvarez (William da Silva 67′), Miguel Ángel Samudio, Pablo Aguilar, Brun Valdéz, Cecilio Domínguez, Guido Rodríguez, Paul Aguilar, Silvio Romero, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Carlos Vargas 81′), Oribe Peralta (Carlos Orrantía 74′).