America traveled to Aguascalientes with the aim of extending its perfect march in the Mexican Apertura. However, the Eagles equaled 1-1 with Necaxa on Friday, giving up points for the first time in the contest that celebrates its 3rd day.
Argentine Lucas Passerini scored Necaxa’s first goal in the tournament with the collection of a penalty kick at 51 minutes, thanks to the fact that the referee Jorge Isaac Rojas validated the fault with the review he made with the video referee (VAR).
The Uruguayan Federico Viñas put the azulcrema ahead with a half turn on the first ball he received in the area after five minutes.
With the tie, the Eagles registered seven units after offering their weakest exhibition in this start of the tournament and face the possibility of losing the top.
Meanwhile, Necaxa added his first unit to leave the basement and place himself in the penultimate position of the classification.
“We cannot underestimate the work of the rival. They bothered us, we stopped having the ball and they played well ”, explained American strategist Miguel Herrera.
The Rayos showed better workmanship, but they had no effectiveness to show it on the scoreboard until the VAR informed Rojas to review an action in which the Spanish Unai Bilbao received a kick from Luis Reyes, which was marked as a penalty, which Passerini executed masterfully.
The Eagles faded after Viñas’ quick scoring, in one of the few dangerous actions they generated after a broken pass from Fernando González, which the 22-year-old Uruguayan striker shaped with the shot from the center of the area.
Necaxa dominated after being at a disadvantage, but could not score when Passerini made a powerful header that passed to the side at 25, and in the final stretch of the first half with a distant shot from Idekel Domínguez that crashed in the crossbar at 42.
Before the VAR call for the penalty to be scored, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saved the azulcremas with a new shot from Passerini that he deflected over the line when he was on target.
The overwhelm in the visiting frame remained and Paraguayan defender Bruno Valdez saved again on the line after an approach from Martín Barragán at 63.