Despite a first-half red card, América earned a 1-2 away win against Toluca. The result brings the Diablos Rojos’ season-long home unbeaten streak to a halt, while the Águilas ended their own three-game road winless streak.
The visitors started the game off better and they took the lead in the 9th minute. Santiago García’s attempted clearance of a long ball towards the box ended up at the feet of Silvio Romero, who beat Luis García to make it 0-1.
In the 18th minute, the Águilas made it 0-2. América won the ball in their own defensive third and mounted a quick counterattack that ended with Carlos Darwin Quintero sending in a cross that Romero brought down for Mateus Uribe, whose first-time strike nestled into the back of the net.
But the game took a different turn for América in the 24th minute, when Guido Rodríguez was given a straight red card for a foul on Rubens Sambueza, leaving the visitors to see out the rest of the game with just 10 men.
With the numerical advantage, Toluca began to dominate possession, but they were unable to do much with it in the final third. It wasn’t until late in the second half that the chances really began to come for the hosts.
In the 76th minute, Martín Abundiz had a good attempt following a corner kick, but Agustín Marchesín was able to make the save.
The breakthrough for Toluca finally came in stoppage time, when Santiago García was able to reduce the deficit to 1-2. It was too little, too late for the Diablos, however, and they were unable to go on to find an equalizer.
With the 1-2 win, América reaches 20 points while Toluca still has 19.
Toluca: Luis García, Santiago García, Osvaldo González, Rodrigo Salinas, Efraín Velarde, Jesús Méndez (Pablo Barrientos 62′), Rodrigo Gómez (Alexis Vega 45′), Rubens Sambueza, Antonio Ríos, Fernando Uribe (Martín Abundiz 51′), Alexis Canelo.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Edson Álvarez, Paul Aguilar, Bruno Valdéz, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Pablo Aguilar, Silvio Romero (Renato Ibarra 63′), Mateus Uribe, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Carlos Vargas 79′), Guido Rodríguez, Oribe Peralta (Alejandro Díaz 85′).