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Gustavo Matosas enjoyed a perfect homecoming to the Estadio Azteca with a 3-2 victory over Leon.
Oribe Peralta’s third-minute goal put the champions ahead after a Leon defender gifted him the ball inside the box.
It was a persistent performance from Club America in the first ten minutes, and it was in the 7th minute that Peralta got his brace with a header from a Dario Benedetto cross.
But America will be disappointed they took their foot off the gas pedal early. In the 25th minute, “Gallo” Vasquez dribbled past two defenders and sent in a cross into the box that Velasco awkwardly sent into the back of his own net.
Leon, who were facing ex-manager Gustavo Matosas for the first time, were unlucky not to get an equalizer when a Cardenas goal was flagged for a clear offside.
With Leon looking increasingly more threatening in the final third, Boselli headed in the equalizer from a set-piece in an offside trap gone wrong.
America came to light again in the second half, and in the 67th minute, Carlos Darwin Quintero put things 3-2 for his first goal as a Club America player.
Leon was fortunate not to go down two goals when Benedetto couldn’t finish a one on one situation, just a minute later.
Benedetto proved particularly dangerous all-game, and ten minutes later from a header, he forced Leon goalkeeper, William Yarbrough, to a phenomenal save.
Despite Leon’s late attempts, the final whistle brought an uproar of joy from the home fans. The reigning Liga MX champions begin 2015 with a win.