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America remounts to draw against Jaguares

Raul Jimenez was well guarded by the Chiapas defense.
Raul Jimenez was well guarded by the Chiapas defense.

After dropping last week’s game to Santos, America returned to earning points during the final game of Saturday action of the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX. The eagles drew 2-2 with Chiapas FC at the Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium reaching 16 points and remaining in a playoff position after week 11 action.

Chiapas got on the board in the 19th minute with a goal from Argentine Lucas Viatri that surprised the eagles. At that time America had been playing a better game and looked like they would be first to get on the board. But Viatri’s goal slowed their advance.

America did not hesitate and within minutes scored the equalizer. Paraguayan Pablo Aguilar, who started in place of Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez, closed the gap in the 39th minute. Rubens Sambueza centered to Aguilar who jumped and headed the ball past goalkeeper Alfredo Frausto for the 1-1. The game went to break with the draw.

Neither team would ease off on their attacks with the game taking place in the midfield. But Jaguares would surprise once more scoring the go ahead goal in the 80th minute. Felix Araujo received a center from David Toledo. Araujo was in the center of the penalty area and headed the ball to the left post. The ball went past goalkeeper Moises Muñoz to give Chiapas the 2-1 lead.

The eagles did not want to lose their second game in a row and applied pressure on the home side. Juan Carlos “Topo” Valenzuela saved America in the 70th minute with another header to beat Frausto once more. The Mexico City giants closed the gap for the final 2-2.

The Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium registered a full house, with the fans divided between America and the local squad. The point raised America into the 5th position on the league table. Chiapas has 13 points and remains at mid table. America coach Antonio “Turco” Mohamed watched the game from the stands. He will back to the coaches’ box in the next game after serving a two game suspension.

America will host Veracruz FC at the Azteca Stadium in week 12. Chiapas will travel to Hidalgo to take on CF Pachuca.

Saturday’s results:

Cruz Azul 2, Tijuana 1

Veracruz 0, Atlas FC 1

CF Monterrey 0, Monarcas Morelia 1

Santos 3, Pachuca 1

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