Club America continue to break records and despite having to fight harder than some had predicted, they overcame their old rivals, Chivas, to win 2-0 in the Estadio Azteca. A quick-fire double with 20 minutes remaining, from Raul Jimenez and then Luis Gabriel Rey, gave America the victory to guarantee their place in the Liguilla. It was also the club record, ninth straight league win at home and keeps them on course for the record points tally. READ MORE AND SEE THE GOALS….
In front of 90,000 spectators inside the gigantic Estadio Azteca, Club America continued to show why they are currently the best side in Mexico and further highlighted the gulf between themselves and arch rivals, Chivas.
America were heavy favourites and the 20 point gap between the sides pre-kickoff suggested there would be only one outcome, but for large parts of the game there was little to tell between the two sides.
Despite the significance of the fixture, it was fairly open with both sides creating chances but eventually the class of America told. Ruben Sambueza evaded his marker on the left flank and floated an inviting cross into the six yard box. Raul Jimenez needed no invitation to attack the ball and powerfully head in the opener from close range.
Before Chivas could regroup and assess they were two down. Jimenez broke the offside trap to turn provider and he unselfishly squared the ball to Luis Gabriel Rey to slide in the second.
As Chivas pushed for a way back into the game and America continued to commit men forward in the search of more goals the game was equally enthralling in the final 15 minutes.
Had it not been for the cross bar and some inspired goalkeeping from Moises Muñoz in the America goal, Chivas might have set up more of a grandstand finish but in the end America triumphed.
The win moves America to 31 points and guarantees a spot in the playoffs, as well as being a club record, ninth straight home win and keeping them on course for a record breaking points tally.
Manager, Miguel Herrera was quick to play down the significance of such records, ” We will try to break every record possible , but the priority is the championship , if you do not win this, the rest is useless.”
*Also worth noting my prediction from my Súper Clásico Preview. “2-0 or 3-0 to America and Jimenez causing the damage.” Perhaps this was one of the easier games to predict so I won’t take too much credit!