Antonio Mohamed’s reign as Club America Coach got off to the perfect start yesterday in the Estadio Azteca as they swept Tigres aside by three goals to nil. Goals from Luis Gabriel Rey, Paul Aguilar and Raul Jimenez ensured Las Aguilas began the Torneo Clausura in comfortable fashion and can now hope to go one better than in the Apertura. Later, there was further evidence that it will take a few weeks for teams to get up to speed after the close season.
Cruz Azul, hoping for a much improved Clausura after a busy window, travelled to Monterrey and took an away point after a drab goalless draw, Toluca earned a valuable 1-0 away victory against Pachuca thanks to Pablo Velazquez’s second half strike and Tijuana will be the happier side after a goalless stalemate in Guadalajara with Atlas. Lastly, Chiapas drew 1-1 with Veracruz after Lucas Viatri’s opener for the home side was cancelled out by Jehu Chiapas just before half time.
Club America 3 – 0 Tigres
They may have lost in the Final of the Apertura and then had to replace Miguel Herrera but it appeared business as usual in the Azteca as Antonio ‘El Turco’ Mohamed got off to the perfect start as manager. America led after just 10 minutes when Luis Gabriel Rey’s effort from outside the box was deflected off the head off Carlos Salcido and past Enrique Palos.
On the half hour mark it was two as America were able to benefit from some woeful defending and perhaps a generous offside decision not given. The Tigres defence failed to clear their lines and the ball was eventually worked to a suspiciously offside, Paul Aguilar who made no mistake in slotting the ball in.
Just after half time Las Aguilas made certain the victory when Raul Jimenez pounced on further defensive frailties.
A great start for El Turco and next up is his former side, Tijuana.
Monterrey 0 – 0 Cruz Azul
The match promised so much but in reality failed to live up to pre-match expectation. Humberto Suazo came closest to giving Monterrey the victory late on but his shot came back off the post.
Pachuca 0 – 1 Toluca
Pablo Velazquez’s low shot in the 75th minute was enough to give Toluca a hard fought win on the opening day and give them a perfect start to the Clausura.
Atlas 0 – 0 Tijuana
Los Xolos travel back to Tijuana with a valuable away point but in truth the match itself was lacking in any real quality. Atlas will be ruing a missed opportunity for a crucial 3 points after Edson Rivera saw his first half penalty saved by Cirilo Saucedo.
Chiapas 1 – 1 Veracruz
Both sides will be looking to make the improvements needed this season to reach the playoffs and will not be displeased with the starts they have made. Lucas Viatri headed Chiapas in front after 20 minutes but it was sensationally cancelled out by Jehu Chiapas’ vicious long range strike.