AME 7 – Cruz Azul 0: La Máquina blown away at Estadio Azteca

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América eased past Cruz Azul in a 7-0 victory on Sunday at Estadio Azteca. AME were looking to continue their run after winning their previous two matches in the league. The most recent was against the Pachuca away (3-0), the other to Pumas away (3-0). Cruz Azul were beaten 2-1 in the previous match against Tijuana. As things stand, AME and Cruz Azul are 5th, (13 points) and 17th, (8 points), spots respectively, after 10 matches.

AME didn’t take long to get on the score-sheet, when Richard Sanchez opened the rout at the 15 minute mark. AME looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from Jonathan Rodriguez, at 23 minutes to establish a 2-0. AME then netted once more and increased their lead thanks to a goal from Diego Valdes just before halftime, which saw the first half end 3-0.

The Eagles started strong in the second half and were able to dominate, thanks to a goal from Henry Martin, 53 minutes in. The momentum was now with The Eagles, who then scored again through a goal from Alvaro Fidalgo at the 73 minute mark to establish a 5-0. The momentum was now with AME, who then scored again through a goal from Federico Vinas, 85 minutes in to establish a 6-0. AME then scored once more and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Salvador Reyes just before the final whistle to make it 7-0.

Substitutions for AME included Salvador Reyes, Jonathan Dos Santos, Miguel Layun, Federico Vinas and Sergio De Los Rios Peztna for Alex Zendejas, Richard Sanchez, Jonathan Rodriguez, Henry Martin and Diego Valdes, repectively. Cruz Azul brought on Erik Lira, Gonzalo Carneiro, Carlos Rodriguez, Alonso Escoboza and Rodrigo Huescas for Ramiro Funes Mori, Michael Estrada, Angel Romero, Carlos Rotondi and Uriel Antuna.

The referee booked Jonathan Dos Santos from AME. Cruz Azul had the worst of it though, with Carlos Rotondi seeing yellow, and Rafael Baca then sent off with a red.

AME will next travel to Mazatlán, while Cruz Azul will face Querétaro at home.

Technical card:
América:Guillermo Ochoa, Bruno Valdez, Emilio Lara, Sebastian Caceres, Luis Fuentes, Richard Sanchez (Jonathan Dos Santos, min.59), Alex Zendejas (Salvador Reyes, min.59), Diego Valdes (Sergio De Los Rios Peztna, min.76), Alvaro Fidalgo, Jonathan Rodriguez (Miguel Layun, min.67) and Henry Martin (Federico Vinas, min.67)
Cruz Azul:Sebastian Jurado, Juan Escobar, Ramiro Funes Mori (Erik Lira, min.38), Luis Abram, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Angel Romero (Carlos Rodriguez, min.46), Carlos Rotondi (Alonso Escoboza, min.71), Rafael Baca, Ignacio Rivero, Michael Estrada (Gonzalo Carneiro, min.46) and Uriel Antuna (Rodrigo Huescas, min.71)
Stadium:Estadio Azteca
Goals:Richard Sanchez (1-0, min. 15), Jonathan Rodriguez (2-0, min. 23), Diego Valdes (3-0, min. 45), Henry Martin (4-0, min. 53), Alvaro Fidalgo (5-0, min. 73), Federico Vinas (6-0, min. 85) and Salvador Reyes (7-0, min. 89)