MEXICO CITY, September 30 (Reuters) – América, the winningest club in Mexican soccer with 13 titles, defeated Pumas UNAM 1-0 on Saturday and rose to the top of the Apertura tournament.
With their sixth victory of the tournament, the “Águilas” of América reached 21 points to put themselves on top of the overall table.
“We are on the right path, this is a humble group, there are things to improve but they do not lack dedication, attitude. We must stay focused with our feet on the ground, continue to grow and respect our On the contrary, this team still has a lot of room for growth,” said America’s technical director, Brazilian André Jardine.
In the match corresponding to the tenth day, played at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, América almost scored in the 59th minute when a shot by Argentine Leonardo Suárez hit the crossbar.
The winning goal came in the 76th minute when Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez scored with his head after goalkeeper Julio González deflected a penalty kick.
“We know the Pumas will come with everything, so I’m satisfied, because the team has all the qualities to know when to attack and defend,” said Jardine.
In other games on Saturday, current champion Tigres UANL defeated Mazatlán 3-2 as visitors with goals from Diego Lainez, Argentine Nicolás Ibáñez and Ozziel Herrera. For the local team, Ivorian Ake Loba and Francisco Venegas scored.
On the other hand, Pachuca and Necaxa tied 1-1 with goals from Bryan González and Fernando Arce, respectively.
The day ends on Sunday when Guadalajara visits Toluca.
On Friday, Cruz Azul won 2-1 from its visit to Atlético de San Luis, Tijuana beat Bravos de Ciudad Juárez 5-1, while Querétaro and León drew 1-1.
To start the day, Puebla won 3-2 as a guest of Atlas on Thursday.
The match between Monterrey and Santos Laguna, to be played on Saturday, was rescheduled for November 8 because the field at the BBVA stadium in Monterrey was not in the best conditions after a concert.