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Toluca beat Club America 2-1 in long-awaited return to Estadio Nemesio Diez

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Toluca celebrated their return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez with a 2-1 win over Club America on Sunday.

After months of construction, Toluca made quite an impact in their first game back to their home stadium, and it didn’t take long for them to take the lead when Gabriel Hauche scored a superb strike from long-range on 12 minutes.

Club America, who were playing in their first game of the Clausura, hardly threatened in the opening exchanges, but the Aguilas came to life after a penalty was called for a handball in the 23rd minute. Michael Arroyo stepped up and slotted home to level things at 1-1.

But Toluca found the target from long-range a second time when Jesus Mendez fired in a shot past Agustin Marchesin.

In the second half, former Club America midfielder Rubens Sambueza made his debut for the Diablos Rojos. “Sambu” was ready, and only minutes after coming on, an America defender’s hand met with one of his crosses as a second penalty was called.

Fernando Uribe was the one in charge of taking the penalty, but Agustin Marchesin saved to deny Toluca a third.

Despite Toluca’s failure to find a third, the Diablos Rojos held on to hand Ricardo La Volpe’s side a losing start to their season.