In a wonderful Clasico Joven, America came back from 3-0 down to beat Cruz Azul 4-3. Cruz Azul lived up to their recent legacy as the team that snatches defeat from victory and went from basically putting an end to the Nacho Ambriz era in America, to reviving the rumors of the end of Tomas Boy's era as Cruz Azul coach. Cruz Azul wasted a superb performance from Paraguayan forward Jorge Benitez in the second half when Aldo Leao Ramirez got red carded and the team collapsed under the weight of their history.
Cruz Azul and America both started strong with America having the better chances until a free kick taken excellently by Christian"Chaco" Gimenez made it 1-0. A couple of minutes later, Jorge Benitez made an incredible play and left the ball for Gimenez to score the 2-0. America collapsed after that goal and a penalty call minutes later meant the 3-0 after Francisco Silva converted. The rest of the first half was all Cruz Azul and the game looked to be over.
The second half was more of the same until Aldo Leao Ramirez gave America a huge lifeline when he got red carded for a bad tackle from behind. The red card gave new life when Oribe Peralta scored off the following free kick.
Cruz Azul missed a great chance after the 3-1 and the script was now clear. America took advantage of Ramirez’s sending off and Cruz Azul had switched places with America and was now dead on the field. America scored a second goal with a header by Silvio Romero and kept the control of the match as time was running out
But Cruz Azul had no answers except to ride out. In the final minutes, Pablo Aguilar headed a ball near range that Jose de Jesus Corona failed to keep out (and might have been at fault for it) and the game was tied 3-3, in almost a carbon copy of the clasico last season that ended 3-3 with a final minute goal from Joao Rojas.
In the final minutes, however, Renato Ibarra went past the Cruz Azul defense and crossed the ball for Silvio Romero to score the winning goal.
America and especially Ignacio Ambriz had a terrible week after losing the Superclasico badly 3-0 against Chivas. A 3-0 loss against Cruz Azul at halftime, basically had him out the door and America baldy hurt in their 100th anniversary season.
Cruz Azul, on the other hand, didn't have that much pressure, even when Tomas Boy's season had been worse than America's. The historic debacle from his team against their biggest rival will surely turn things around.
Suddenly, America is revitalized and Cruz Azul is going to have all the pressure on them and maybe it might be the end for Tomas Boy. “Cruzazulearla”: which is slang for losing in the screwing up a victory in the final minutes, now has a new chapter.