San Luis triumphs at the home of America, which does not know how to win

February 6, 2022

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In the middle of the week, América owner Emilio Azcárraga visited the team to motivate them ahead of the game against Atlético de San Luis. Looks like it didn’t do much good.

Unai Bilbao, Abel Hernández and Germán Berterame contributed the goals with which San Luis surprised on Saturday, winning 3-2 on the pitch of an América team that remains winless in the Clausura tournament in Mexico.

The Spanish Bilbao hit a header to open the scoring in the sixth minute, the Uruguayan Hernández extended the lead in the 53rd and the Argentine Berterame gave the game a beating in the 61st.

America came within a single goal in stoppage time, but could no longer salvage the tie.

“Clearly we were not doing well, San Luis got the result because they worked hard and deserved it,” said coach Santiago Solari. “We have to do our self-criticism and start working together without making excuses. The beginning has not been easy”.

The Argentine coach, who once directed Real Madrid and is in his third tournament in Mexico, recalled that the team has been affected by injuries, positives for coronavirus and the matches due to the FIFA date that have not allowed him to train with a full team.

The goals of the Colombian Roger Martínez at 90 and Henry Martín at 94 made up a result for América, which has only one point and is located in the 15th step, a precarious situation for a team that this tournament decided to renew its squad after be eliminated in the quarterfinals of the league for the third tournament in a row.

“We will put our chest together to get it forward, there is personality to do it. The players showed him going for the game in the final minutes,” added Solari. “At the club we all know that we have to fight for the titles and we will do that this semester, before we have to straighten out the course to qualify to fight for the title”.

The branch team of Atlético de Madrid in Mexico arrived at the match as bottom team and without scoring goals in their first three games, a start that cost Uruguayan coach Marcelo Méndez his job.

San Luis recently announced the hiring of Brazilian strategist André Jardine, who was present in a box at the Azteca stadium. Under his gaze and with some indications from above, the visitor managed to end a streak of four consecutive losses against the Eagles, whom he had only beaten once, on January 30, 2019, when they were local.

“The virtue was that it was planned in the week how we had to face the game and we were better for 88 minutes, although we knew we were going to suffer, against America it is impossible to get something without suffering a lot, the most important thing was the courage and pride of the players. players”, said Rafael Fernández, who led the meeting as interim.

San Luis now has three points, with which it is placed in 12th position and moves away from the bottom.

Counting the last matches of the previous tournament, and one of the CONCACAF Champions League, América went eight consecutive games without winning. This is the worst streak for the azulcrema team since Clausura 2008, when they chained 12 games without wins.

San Luis was better from the opening whistle and was close to going ahead from four minutes on, when Ricardo Chavez hit a header inside the box and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa deflected the ball off the crossbar before leaving the field.

A couple of minutes later, Argentina’s Rubens Sambueza executed a corner kick and Bilbao hit a powerful header into Ochoa’s left flank.

In the second half, America lost a ball at the start. The Uruguayan Juan Sanabria faced Ochoa and gave a side pass to Hernández, who alone in front of the goal and without a goalkeeper converted with a soft shot through the center.

Later, in a transition play, Berterame received a cross from the left and took a powerful shot that went between Ochoa’s legs.


With goals from Ecuadorian Romario Ibarra, Colombian Avilés Hurtado and Argentine Nicolás Ibáñez, a Pachuca that played with 10 men for almost the entire match defeated Necaxa 3-1 to provisionally climb to first place in the Clausura tournament in Mexico.

Ibarra shook the nets after four minutes, Hurtado followed with a Chilean goal at 10 minutes and Ibáñez set the game on course with a penalty at 74 for the Tuzos, who were left with one less player since 21 due to the expulsion by Erick Sanchez.

Ibáñez reached three goals, with which he tied the Brazilian Rogerio de Oliveira de Pumas, at the top among scorers.

Pachuca was reunited with the victory and now has nine points to displace Puebla (7) from the first position. The Strip has a pending match for the fourth date and could recover the position if it beats Querétaro this Sunday.

The Uruguayan Facundo Batista discounted at 90 for Necaxa, led by the Argentine Pablo Guede, who suffered his third setback in the championship and remains with three units, in 13th place while waiting for the other results.