Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end it was honors even as Necaxa and América played out a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in four, while the Águilas are now winless in two.
Necaxa came out attacking as they looked to retake the top of the table, but Memo Ochoa was in fine form to deny them. The keeper made an impressive save on Jesús Angulo in the 14th minute to keep Necaxa from taking the lead, and América looked to build from the back and get something going in the attacking third themselves.
In the 23rd minute, the visitors came close from a corner kick, with Bruno Valdez sending a dangerous header toward goal, but Felipe Gallegos was well-positioned to head the ball off the line.
Then, in the 38th minute, the game appeared to take a turn for the worse for América when Guido Rodríguez was sent off for a hard foul on Fernando Meza.
But even with a numerical advantage, Necaxa was unable to find the breakthrough. They had more possession and repeatedly created chances, but Ochoa stopped everything that got to him.
Then, in the 67th minute, América took the lead against the run of play. Necaxa lost the ball trying to play out of the back and Renato Ibarra scored from outside the box to make it 0-1.
Necaxa responded quickly, though, and in the 71st minute, Mauro Quiroga headed home the equalizer to make it 1-1.
The Rayos went on to take the lead in the 80th minute, after the unfortunate Emanuel Aguilera deflected a cross from Cristian Calderón into his own net to make it 2-1 with his own-goal.
But even up a man, Necaxa couldn’t hold the lead. In the 87th minute, Henry Martín salvaged a point for América with his acrobatic scissor kick to make it 2-2.
With the 2-2 draw, Necaxa reaches 25 points while América reaches 22.