América beat 9-man Chivas de Guadalajara 4-1 in the SuperClásico, but it wasn’t all good news for the Águilas as Giovani dos Santos was carried off with a nasty-looking injury. The result snaps a six-game winless run for América and keeps them unbeaten in four, while El Rebaño has now lost three in a row.
América started the game off better and Sebastián Córdova was dangerous from the beginning. The 22-year-old opened the scoring in the 18th minute as he finished off a low cross from Roger Mártinez to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
In the 36th minute, Antonio Briseño was given a straight red for a violent challenge on Gio dos Santos that left him writhing on the field with a nasty open wound on his right thigh. He was immediately attended to and carried straight off the field into an ambulance; América later reported he was undergoing surgery to repair damage to his quadriceps.
The injury cast a pall over the game, but América rallied and Córdova scored his second of the night in first-half stoppage time with a low shot to the far post.
Chivas responded just minutes into the second half, as Alan Pulido received the ball in the box and beat Memo Ochoa to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
But Chivas couldn’t build on that, and América took control again, using their extra man to good effect as they maintained possession. In the 67th minute, a handball in the box eventually led to a penalty for América after VAR was consulted twice, and Chivas was given another red card, with Alan Cervantes given his marching orders in the 73rd minute.
The penalty was finally taken in the 74th minute, and Emanuel Aguilera converted it to make it 3-1 for the Águilas.
Henry Martín added an exclamation mark to the victory with his acrobatic finish in the 89th minute to give América the definitive 4-1 lead.
With the 4-1 win, América reaches 21 points while Chivas still has 11.