Raul Jimenez (yellow) scored two goals as Club America defeated visiting Sporting San Miguelito 3-0 in a CONCACAF Champions League game at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on September 17, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Club America is the sole leader of Group 4 after its 3-0 victory CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) victory over Sporting San Miguelito on Tuesday in the competition’s first-ever game at the Estadio Azteca.
A Raul Jimenez brace and an Andres Andrade goal gave the five-time CONCACAF champions the win, lifting the Eagles to six points. Though it is even with Alajuelense on three points, Sporting fell to third in the three-team group on goal difference.
The host nearly went ahead in the second minute, but a left-footed shot from Luis Gabriel Rey hit the post.
Sporting’s best scoring chance came in the 37th minute, when Gabriel Ríos’ left-footed shot went wide.
The Aguilas broke the deadlock with Jimenez’s first strike five minutes before the interval. A ball down the left side came to Rubens Sambueza and the Argentine played a perfect pass across to Jimenez, who did not hesitate to convert for his first career CCL goal.
The second half began with the Panamanians creating a majority of the scoring opportunities. Club America stood strong, however, preventing an equalizer thanks to goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez’s 56th minute save off an Anthony Basil attempt.
Jimenez netted his second in the 78th minute, knocking in a centering pass from Paul Aguilar.
Andrade then made it 3-0 with nine minutes left in regulation, gaining possession of a ball that wasn’t cleared and beating goalkeeper Alex Rodríguez.
America will be back in action October 22against visiting Alajuelense, but the Costa Rican side first welcomes Sporting to the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank on September 26.