The first half started off cagey and bogged down in midfield; as time wore on, the game opened up and play became more end-to-end. However, there were few real goal-scoring opportunities.
América had more possession, but did little with it, while Necaxa was limited primarily to shots from distance that did little to bother Agustín Marchesín.
The second half started off at a better pace and there began to be more action in front of goal. Alejandro Díaz had a pair of chances, but he couldn’t put his headers on target.
Necaxa’s best chances came from set piece situations, but then, in the 80th minute, they opened the scoring from the run of play. Jesús Isijara drove into the box, got around two defenders, and cut a cross back from the end-line. Luis Pérez met the ball near the penalty spot with a diving header to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
América pressed forward in the final 10 minutes as they looked for a response, but Necaxa’s defense stood firm as the Rayos made their lone goal stand up.
With the 0-1 win, Necaxa reaches 21 points while América still has 26.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Miguel Ángel Samudio, Edson Álvarez, Bruno Valdéz, Paul Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Renato Ibarra (Oribe Peralta 72′), Cecilio Domínguez (Pedro Arce 85′), Guido Rodríguez, Silvio Romero (Carlos Darwin Quintero 59′), Alejandro Díaz.
Necaxa: Marcelo Barovero, Brayan Beckeles, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Mario de Luna, Igor Lichnovsky, Matías Fernández (Xavier Báez 87′), Roberto Alvarado (Jesús Isijara 75′), Daniel Álvarez, Luis Pérez, Manuel Iturra, Carlos González (Martín Barragán 79′).