América defeated Tijuana 2-0 this Sunday and was confirmed as the leader of the Mexican Apertura, in which the Uruguayan Nicolás López, of the Tigres, leads the scorers.

The América of Argentine coach Santiago Solari defeated Tijuana 2-0 this Sunday and was confirmed as the leader of the Mexican Apertura, in which the Uruguayan Nicolás López, of the Tigres, leads the scorers.

A well-received penalty by the Mexican Sebastián Córdova and a goal by the Ecuadorian Renato Ibarra, both in injury time, resolved a tangled match for the Eagles, in which Solari was absent due to an ear discomfort.

America reached five victories, a draw, and 16 points, three more than the Lion of Argentine strategist Ariel Holán, who this Saturday drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna, with a last-minute goal from Ecuadorian Ángel Mena.

Santos took advantage with a penalty from Uruguayan Fernando Gorriarán and León rescued the equalizer by the same route.

The day began on Friday, when the Tigres UANL thrashed Mazatlán 0-3, with a pair of annotations from Uruguayan Nicolás “Diente” López, who has made forget the absence due to the injury of Frenchman André Pierre Gignac, has four goals in the last two games and leads the gunners with five targets.

Tigres took advantage in the 48th minute when Frenchman Florian Thauvin put across to Paraguayan Carlos González, who made it 0-1 with a header. López scored in 54, a pass from Javier Aquino, and in 81, in the collection of a penalty.

It was a day of few scores, 11, with three games without goals: Atlas-Toluca, San Luis-Cruz Azul, and Monterrey-Guadalajara, all three on Saturday. Uruguayans and Ecuadorians converted three times each, Argentines and Mexicans, twice in each case, and Paraguayans, once.

This Sunday the UNAM Pumas moved away from the last place in the standings by defeating Puebla 2-0 with scores from Ecuadorian Washington Corozo and Argentine Juan Ignacio Dinenno and Necaxa beat Juárez FC 1-0, with a goal from Luis García .

In the closing game, Argentine Gustavo Cabral and Mexican Luis Chávez scored goals to give Uruguayan coach Paulo Pezzolano’s Pachuca a 0-1 win at the home of Gallos Blancos de Querétaro.

The Opening will continue from Friday to Sunday next; Mazatlán -San Luis, Puebla-Querétaro and Tijuana-Monterrey will play on Friday; Guadalajara-Necaxa, Tigres UANL-Atlas and León-América, on Saturday, and Toluca-Pumas UNAM, Santos Laguna-Juárez and Cruz Azul-Pachuca, on Sunday.

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