Club America defeated Jaguares de Chiapas 2-0 to reign in its centennial season as Darwin Quientero, and its latest acquisition, Silvio Romero, scored its two goals of the game.
The first half of the game began at a dragging pace as both teams tried to find their rhythm playing on a rain drenched field. Once past the first 25 minutes, Chiapas and America began creating opportunities but failed to knock in the go-ahead goal. For Chiapas, the clearest opportunity, and biggest miss in the first half, went to Martin Zuniga as he ran down the ball on the counter off a defensive mistake from Paul Aguilar near the 33-minute mark. While Alonso Escoboza ran to the left for the cross, Zuniga halted inside the right flank of the box and had his pass interrupted by Aguilar.
For the last 15 minutes of the first half, America attacked its opponents side, but its best shot at goal occurred at the 25-minute mark as a rebounded shot off the right hand of the Chiapas keeper, Óscar Jiménez, landed onto the sliding foot of Miguel Samuido near the left post. Samuido’s shot, however, struck Quintero who laid on the ground and drifted outside the goal post.
The first goal of the season finally materialized for America as Quintero caught Jaguares off guard five minutes into the second half. Quientero’s goal went in after he created space outside the center of the penalty box and shot the ball past the keeper on a bounce to the right. Once ahead, America defended the lead and Moisés Muñoz stayed busy protecting one-goal difference as Jaguares sent dangerous shots to try and tie the score.
Romero, who entered the game to start the second half, relieved America’s worries and capped his debut against his former team by locating a blast to the top right corner from outside the box at the end of regulation.
Amid the celebration for its first victory of the season, America may have to brace itself for unpleasant news. With almost 11 minutes left in regulation, Samudio had to receive help from the medical staff as he attempted to leave the field.
America continues Liga MX play versus Toluca next Saturday at home. Chiapas looks to earn its first victory of the season against the reigning champions, Pachuca, next Saturday as well at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.