América earned a 3-1 victory against Tijuana in their first game after the departure of Agustín Marchesín, but it wasn’t all good news for the Águilas: Nicolás Castillo suffered a fractured fibula late in the first half.
The visitors had a dangerous chance early on, with Ariel Nahuelpán’s shot from outside the box forcing a save out of Óscar Jiménez, and then Washington Camacho sending the rebound barely wide in the 3rd minute.
But América responded immediately, with Castillo hitting the post in the 5th minute. The game was heavily tilted in the Águilas’ favor after that, and they created chance after chance: in the 19th minute, Roger Martínez got past two defenders to get a shot away, although it was deflected; then, in the 26th, he was in good position but waited too long to shoot, allowing the defense to cut down his angle.
Castillo, Rodríguez, and Francisco Córdova all tested Gibrán Lajud without success as América continued to knock on the door. Then, in the 43rd, Castillo and Lajud collided, resulting in the fractured fibula and forcing Castillo out of the game. Giovani dos Santos came on to replace him and make his debut with América.
Dos Santos had a good opportunity to open the scoring in the 53rd minute after being played in by Martínez, but Omar Mendoza intervened. At the other end, substitute Ángel Sepúlveda almost capitalized on a free kick and a mistake by Jiménez, who came off his line and got stranded in the 60th minute.
The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute. Tijuana couldn’t clear their lines and Guido Rodríguez put a rebound away from just outside the box to make it 1-0 for América.
The Xolos quickly tied the game, though, with Camilo Sanvezzo getting free on the right and sending his shot in off the post in the 81st to make it 1-1.
But América retook the lead in the 87th. Dos Santos drove into the box and sent a low cross to the far post for Renato Ibarra, who slotted it home to make it 2-1 for the hosts.
Dos Santos then got on the board himself in stoppage time, chipping the ball over the onrushing Lajud to add an insurance goal and give América the definitive 3-1 lead.
With the 3-1 win, América reaches seven points while Tijuana still has four.