América earned an emphatic 4-1 victory against Monarcas Morelia to put them top of the table, pending the rest of this week’s results. The win keeps the Águilas unbeaten this season, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row.
The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 5th minute. Jérémy Ménez sent a long cross into the box, which Cecilio Domínguez corralled. He drove towards goal, cut around his defender, and beat Sebastián Sosa to make it 1-0 for América.
Morelia responded well, however, and in the 19th minute they tied the game 1-1. From a throw-in, Carlos Guzmán sent a cross to the far post where Ángel Sepúlveda knocked it home.
Parity lasted just four minutes, though, before América retook the lead. In the 23rd minute, Mateus Uribe took the ball towards the center and sent his left-footed shot from just outside the box into the net to make it 2-1.
In the 36th minute, Uribe scored again to give América a two-goal lead. Morelia couldn’t clear the ball at the top of the box and Uribe pounced on the loose ball, cut past the defense, and made it 3-1.
The Águilas continued to threaten throughout the game, and they added to their lead in the 78th minute. Substitute Oribe Peralta made it 4-1 with his header after meeting a cross from fellow sub Andrés Ibargüen.
With the 4-1 win, América reaches 15 points while Morelia still has 10.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Edson Álvarez, Víctor Aguilera, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, William da Silva, Mateus Uribe, Cecilio Domínguez, Joe Corona (Andrés Ibargüen 75′), Jérémy Ménez (Carlos Darwin Quintero 66′), Henry Martín (Oribe Peralta 75′).
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Guzmán (Miguel Ángel Sansores 46′), Sebastián Vegas (Emanuel Loeschbor 76′), Gabriel Achilier, Jorge Valadéz, Diego Valdés, Rodrigo Millar, Mario Osuna, Raúl Ruidíaz, Ángel Sepúlveda, Gastón Lezcano (Ray Sandoval 71′).