Querétaro took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they played out a 2-2 draw with América. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten at home but winless in five overall, while the Gallos Blancos remain unbeaten in three.
Querétaro, with the best road record so far in the Apertura, came out attacking as they demonstrated why they’re such a dangerous visiting team. Fabián Castillo and Ake Loba had several early chances to give the Gallos the lead, but it took half an hour for the breakthrough to come.
In the 30th minute, Castillo danced through América’s defense, played a give-and-go with Loba to get into the box, and finished the play with a first-time shot to make it 0-1 for Querétaro.
América responded rapidly, though. In the 31st minute, Renato Ibarra tried a shot from outside the box; it was blocked by the defense, but the rebound fell to Henry Martín, who beat the onrushing Gil Alcalá to make it 1-1.
Both teams had chances to take the lead before halftime, but the draw held. Then, early in the second half, controversy reared its head. In the 51st minute, Jair Pereira committed a studs-up tackle on Guido Rodríguez on the edge of the box. It looked like a penalty, but the referee called the foul outside the box and did not review the play with VAR.
América was energized nevertheless, and the hosts took control of the game and had many more attacking opportunities than Querétaro. They found the breakthrough in the 78th minute, when Henry Martín charged through the defense and scored his second of the night to make it 2-1 for the Águilas.
Once again, though, the lead barely lasted. In the 80th minute, Alonso Escoboza restored parity with his shot from outside the box to make it 2-2.
The final was frenetic as both teams tried to grab a game winner, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With the 2-2 draw, América reaches 17 points while Querétaro reaches 18.