MEXICO CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Atlético de San Luis achieved its first victory in the Grita México C22 tournament on Saturday after beating América 3-2 on matchday four.
The Spanish Unai Bilbao, the Uruguayan Abel Hernández and the Argentine Germán Berterame scored the winning goals. The Colombian Roger Martínez and Henry Martín discounted for the “Eagles” of America.
In the match played at the Azteca stadium, Atlético de San Luis put América’s goal in danger after three minutes with a header by Ricardo Chávez that hit the crossbar after a deflection by Guillermo Ochoa.
The visiting team scored in the sixth minute through Bilbao, who headed in a corner kick sent by the Argentine naturalized Mexican Rubens Sambueza from the left sector.
Atlético de San Luis scored the second goal in the 54th minute in a counterattack play that Hernández finished, who defined without scoring in front of the goal after receiving a pass from Uruguayan Juan Sanabria.
Berterame scored the third in the 61st minute when he finished in front of the goal after a pass from Hernández in another counterattack, after the Chilean Diego Valdés lost the ball in midfield.
The situation for America was complicated in the 84th minute with the expulsion of Miguel Layún, who received the red card after stepping on the leg of Uruguayan Facundo Waller.
América discounted at 90 minutes with a shot by Martínez inside the small area after receiving a pass from Martín, who at 94 scored the second by finishing off a center sent by Martínez with his head.
In another game on Saturday, Pachuca won 3-1 as a visitor to Necaxa with goals from Ecuadorian Romario Ibarra, Colombian Avilés Hurtado and Argentine Nicolás Ibáñez. For the local team, the Uruguayan Facundo Batista discounted.
Later, Tijuana will face Pumas UNAM.
On Sunday the matches between Querétaro-Puebla, Atlas-Santos Laguna and Tigres UANL-Mazatlán will be played.
On Monday, León will face Cruz Azul, and two days later Guadalajara will visit Bravos de Ciudad Juárez.
The match between Toluca and Monterrey will be played on April 6, due to the participation of the Monterrey “Rayados” in the Club World Cup.
(Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)