It was honors even in the Apertura 2018 edition of the Clásico Joven as Cruz Azul and América played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in eight games and at the top of the table, while La Máquina remains unbeaten at home but winless in two overall.
The game started off at a fast pace, with América creating the first chance in just the 2nd minute as Diego Lainez saw his shot blocked by Pablo Aguilar. Moments later at the other end, Elías Hernández put his volley just wide.
With both teams attacking with intent, it seemed like only a matter of time before one or the other look the lead. In the 30th minute, Renato Ibarra burst into the box but couldn’t put his diagonal shot on target; then, in the 32nd, Martín Cauteruccio was played into the box but saw the ball tackled away by Bruno Valdez.
In the final moments of the half, Cruz Azul came close twice with Cauteruccio hitting the crossbar and Roberto Alvarado hitting the post, but the score stubbornly remained 0-0.
In the second half, the intensity slowed and the game bogged down in midfield. The first notable chance didn’t come until the 63rd minute through Andrés Ibargüen, but Jesús Corona made the save.
At the other end, Cruz Azul’s best chance of the half came through some good team interplay, but once again Bruno Valdez was there to intervene.
Despite a few more opportunities for each team, ultimately neither side could find the breakthrough.
With the 0-0 draw, Cruz Azul reaches 27 points while América reaches 28.
Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Adrián Aldrete, José Madueña, Javier Salas, Elías Hernández, Édgar Mendez (Milton Caraglio 76′), Iván Marcone (Rafael Baca 57′), Roberto Alvarado (Ángel Mena 57′), Martín Cauteruccio.
América: Agustín Marchesín, Jorge Sánchez, Bruno Valdez, Víctor Aguilera, Paul Aguilar, Guido Rodríguez, Andrés Uribe, Andrés Ibargüen, Diego Lainez (Cecilio Domínguez 82′), Renato Ibarra (Oribe Peralta 62′), Roger Martínez (Henry Martín 74′).