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One of last season’s finalists Club America picked up a 1-2 win on Saturday night in Guadalajara over relegation threatened Atlas. The Mexico City giants had to come from behind with a Luis Gabriel Rey brace in the second half; after Rodrigo Milar had given the home side a 1-0 lead in the first half.

It was the visitors who came out of the gates flying with early pressure. Club America manager Antonio “Turco” Mohamed had mentioned that it was important to get an early lead in the match and the team really went for that first goal in the opening minutes.

Atlas managed to survive the onslaught of the visitors through the first 25 minutes of the game and settled into the match.

It would be the underdog home side who took the lead five minutes from the break. Rodrigo Milar took advantage of sloppy defending by Club America and got his head on a ball that was crossed in from the left. The ball rocketed off of Milar’s head and into the top corner of the goal leaving goalkeeper Moises Muñoz helpless.

For the second half Club America came out and once again applied the pressure in search of an equalizing goal. Atlas once again tried to hang on to their one goal lead.

Only three minutes into the second half America had the ball in the back of the net. Central defender Juan Carlos “Topo” Valenzuela tapped the ball into the goal following a corner kick; the goal was disallowed however for a foul that the referee had already called.

In the 56th minute America would get their reward after almost an hour of pressure on the Atlas goal. Luis Gabriel Rey jumped over his defender and headed in a Rubens Sambueza cross from the left. The ball bounced off of the cross bar and into the goal to tie the game.

In the 70th minute, Miguel Layun dribbled into the middle of the pitch from his left wing position and had a shot from outside of the box that Atlas goalkeeper Federico Villar was able to punch to a corner kick.

Ten minutes later Luis Gabriel Rey once again made his presence felt with a one time left foot strike to give the visitors the lead and ultimately the three points.

The win takes Club America momentarily to second place of the league table with nine points; one behind league leaders Cruz Azul who are up top with 10 points. They can drop to third place depending on what Toluca does in Sunday’s match against Monterrey.

Atlas will now travel to Pachuca, who are coming off of back to back wins over Tijuana Xolos last weekend and over reigning champions Leon today.

It was a successful debut for Argentine manager Antonio “Turco” Mohamed as the Club America manager. His team defeated Tigres UANL 3-0 in a replay of last season's quarterfinals. 

Mohamed did not implement many (if any) changes from what Miguel “Piojo” Herrera had done with the Mexico City side. Tigres had a solid first ten minutes, but once the first goal went in, they never seemed to recover.

Tigres could have had an early penalty when in the third minute Alan Pulido got away from Club America captain Aquivaldo Mosquera. Pulido shrugged off a tug of the shirt and kept his run. Once in the box and right as Pulido was about to shoot on goal Mosquera gave Pulido a shove with his shoulder to the back. The young Tigres striker kept his feet, but was thrown off balance on his shot.

As the visiting Tigres seemed more dangerous in the opening minutes Club America managed to open up the scoring in the 10th minute of play. Colombian born, Mexican naturalized Luis Gabriel Rey hit a shot from outside of the box. The ball was on frame, but took a deflection off of Carlos Salcido who tried to head the ball away. The deflection left goalkeeper Enrique Palos with no chance.

After the goal the host were able to get a hold of the ball and control the game from that point on. In the 30th minute the home side doubled their lead through right wing-back Paul Aguilar. After several rebounds following a corner kick Aguilar received the ball from a Luis Gabriel Rey pass. Aguilar calmly slotted the ball into the net. Referee controversy once again hit as replays showed that Aguilar was in an offside position when he received the pass.

A third controversy came down on the center referee when he called a foul in favor of the visitors just outside of the box. Replays showed that the dispute of the ball was actually inside of the box and that if there was a foul it should have been a penalty kick.

Club America was able to kill off the match four minutes after the restart as young Mexican National Team striker Raul Jimenez got the third of the night. Jimenez was fed the ball on the right side of the field by Paul Aguilar, Jimenez cut the ball and shot on target forcing the goalkeeper to save. But Jimenez was able to slot home his own rebound.

Tigres were never able to mentally recover and did not produce any danger on Club America’s goalkeeper Moises Muñoz. Next up for Club America will be a return to Tijuana for Mohamed has Club America face the Tijuana Xolos; while Tigres will receive the visit from Pachuca.
Both Club America and Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles did not have much time to do a proper preseason training and both clubs were debuting new managers. The bosses for both teams might have been new, but both sides looked exactly like their Apertura 2013 self. 

Both Tijuana Xolos and Club America featured strong, first team lineups; with a lot of substitutions in the second half. Both starting elevens were very similar to what Liga MX teams played during the last season. A clear indication that both new managers come in and are looking to build from what was already there; rather than impose radical changes that would take the players a long time to learn and understand. 

It was the two consecutive time finalist Club America who looked like the stronger side when both teams had their regular starters in the first half. They took a 0-2 lead to the break and increased it to 0-3 early in the second half. The Tijuana Xolos made a comeback with a second half brace from defensive midfielder Cristian Pellerano and a late equalizer by second half sub Juan Hernandez.

A free kick taken by Rubens Sambueza in the left side of the field all the way to the right side of the box was met with the head of Paul Aguilar who sent in a cross to the center of the six-yard box. Raul Jimenez could not reach the ball, but second striker Luis Gabriel Rey was there to put the ball in the back of the net to open the scoring in the 6th minute of play. 

Club America doubled their lead through Mexican National Team striker Raul Jimenez who was fed a through ball in midfield in a fast counterattack. Jimenez dribbled the ball right through the Xolos defense and had a low shot to make the score 0-2. 

In the second half two soft penalty kick decisions; one per side increased the score. First it was a blocked shot by a Xolos defender that was called a handball. Raul Jimenez stepped up to seal his brace and but the Mexico City side up by three goals. 

Club Tijuana started their comeback with a soft penalty call in their favor minutes after the Club America penalty. As the Xolos forward tried an off balnce shot, the referee said he was pushed and awarded the spot kick to Tijuana. Cristian Pellerano stepped up and converted his first of two. 

Pellerano would later find himself wide open to tap in a blocked shot from Fernando Arce to seal his brace and get his team within one goal. The comeback came in the 81st minute when second half sub Juan Hernandez appeared out of no where to tap in a low cross. 

Club America nearly found a winning goal time was running out, but a header goal was called back for a foul. These two teams will meet each other once again in week two of the LIGA Bancomer MX when Club America comes to the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana.