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America wins in Guadalajara, Pumas turns game around

Rubens Sambueza was key to the America victory.
Rubens Sambueza was key to the America victory.

Fans of the Mexico City based Club America invaded Jalisco Stadium during week 4 of the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX to see their team take on Atlas FC. America has a storied rivalry with Chivas de Guadalajara, but that rivalry appears to have extended to the city’s other club, Atlas. The eagles defeated the rojinegros 2-1 in an emotional game where the azulcremas controlled most of the possession.

While America did as they pleased on the pitch of the Jalisco, it was Tomas Boy’s team that would open scoring. Chilean Rodrigo Millar connected a header putting the ball past Moises Muñoz to give the home side the advantage in the 40th minute of play. The game went to break with the score not reflecting what was happening on the field.

Colombian Luis Gabriel Rey put the visitors on the board in the 57th minute, also with a header. He received a center from Argentine Rubens Sambueza. The “kangaroo” did not miss and closed the gap to give America a chance at a victory.

The game intensified as both teams attacked and generated plays in an attempt to claim the game. However, it was Antonio Mohamed’s team that would prevail. Rey would again connect with Sambueza and in similar fashion, “el kanguro” was hopping once more in the 81st minute giving America the winning goal.

The eagles reach 9 points in four games, the only loss was a drawback in week 2 against Xoloitzcuintles in Tijuana. America will host Atlante FC at the Azteca Stadium in week 5. As for Atlas, the paradigm doesn’t look good. The loss sinks them further in the relegation table. So far that for Sunday’s games the zorros will be hoping for a Chivas victory over Atlante to keep from falling closer to relegation.

Pumas beat 10-man Tigres

Pumas UNAM earned their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over Tigres UANL at the Universitario Stadium in Monterrey. The game began with a quick goal from Guido Pizarro. The Argentine broke the net in the 11th minute, and after watching the northern felinos’ midweek Copa MX game, the thought of a repeat thrashing emerged.

Things were going well for the local squad until defender Jose Rivas decided to throw an elbow on Marco Antonio Palacios. The action happened in front of the referee who took no pity and pulled a direct red card on the player leaving Tigres a man down.

While the local squad continued dominance, Pumas would eventually turn the game around. A foul in the area gave Pumas a shot from the spot. Martin Bravo converted the play to close the gap. With five minutes to go in regulation, the Argentine put the ball in the net once more. This time he took it from the near field and crossed it past the keeper to find the far post for the 2-1.

Saturday’s games:

Cruz Azul 4, Veracruz FC 0

Leon FC 1, CF Pachuca 3

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