América beat Monarcas Morelia 2-1 in a game that saw the visitors finish with just nine men after two stoppage-time red cards. The result is a second straight win for the Águilas, who remain unbeaten at home this season, while the michoacanos have now lost back-to-back games and are winless in four.
América came out attacking and the hosts had the first good chance of the game through Henry Martín in the very first minute, but his attempt ended up just wide. The hosts had the majority of the chances with another good opportunity coming through Emanuel Aguilera in the 17th minute.
Then, in the 29th minute, the Águilas took the lead. Jorge Sánchez picked off a wayward pass in midfield, drove towards goal, and sent his shot from outside the box into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
They kept the pressure on after taking the lead, but Sebastián Sosa made several good saves to keep them from running up the score in the first half.
Morelia made two halftime substitutions as they looked to get back into the game, but América made it 2-0 soon after the restart. In the 53rd minute, Martín found Mateus Uribe at the top of the box, and he sent his low shot home to give the Águilas a comfortable lead.
Morelia tried to make things interesting when Sebastián Vegas reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 82nd minute, but they were unable to find a second. Instead, first Vegas and then Rodrigo Millar were sent off in stoppage time to end all hopes of a comeback.
With the 2-1 win, América reaches 17 points while Morelia still has 12.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Jorge Sánchez, Edson Álvarez, Víctor Aguilera, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Mateus Uribe, Cecilio Domínguez (Cristian Insaurralde 77′), Andrés Ibargüen (Renato Ibarra 57′), Henry Martín, Oribe Peralta (Diego Lainez 66′).
Morelia: Sebastián Sosa, Carlos Guzmán, Sebastián Vegas, Emanuel Loeschbor, Gabriel Achilier, Carlos Fierro (Rodolfo Vilchis 68′), Rodrigo Millar, Roberto Meraz (Diego Valdés 45′), Aldo Rocha, Irven Ávila (Carlos Ferreira 45′), Miguel Ángel Sansores.