América picked up a 1-3 away win against Cruz Azul in the Apertura 2017 edition of the Clásico Joven. The result is a second straight victory for the Águilas, while La Máquina saw their season-long home unbeaten streak come to a halt.
The hosts put the ball in the back of the net in the 5th minute, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside. Cruz Azul had several early chances, but it would be the visitors who opened the scoring.
In the 18th minute, Edson Álvarez switched the field for Carlos Darwin Quintero, who combined with Silvio Romero before beating Jesús Corona to make it 0-1.
Just five minutes later, América doubled their advantage. In the 23rd minute, Romero played in Oribe Peralta, whose calm finish made it 0-2.
Peralta came close to adding a second soon after that, but his header hit the crossbar.
It wasn’t until the second half that Cruz Azul began to threaten a response. In the 56th minute, Felipe Mora had a good opportunity from close range, but Agustín Marchesín made the save.
Then, in the 78th minute, Paul Aguilar was called for a foul in the box and Cruz Azul had the chance to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot. Édgar Méndez stepped up to take the spot kick and he slotted it into the bottom corner to make it 1-2.
Although that goal made the final 10 minutes more interesting, La Máquina was unable to go on to find an equalizer. Instead, they went down to 10 men in the 88th minute when Adrián Aldrete received his second yellow card of the night; then, in stoppage time, América restored their two-goal cushion with a nice goal by Mateus Uribe.
With the 1-3 win, América reaches 23 points while Cruz Azul still has 18.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Julio César Domínguez, Adrián Aldrete, Omar Mendoza (Gabriel Peñalba 78′), Julián Velázquez, Édgar Méndez, Rafael Baca, Christian Giménez, Ángel Mena (Martín Cauteruccio 28′), Martín Rodríguez (Víctor Zúñiga 61′), Felipe Mora.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Pablo Aguilar, Bruno Valdéz, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Carlos Darwin Quintero (Pedro Arce 90′), Mateus Uribe, Edson Álvarez, Renato Ibarra, Silvio Romero (Cecilio Domínguez 61′), Oribe Peralta (Alejandro Díaz 73′).