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Herediano returned to haunt Gustavo Matosas as the Costa Rican side secured a 3-0 win over Club America in the first leg of their semifinal CONCACAF Champions League tie at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.
The Liga MX champions, Club America, had been viewed as the favorites to go through to the final, but proved anything but as Las Aguilas failed to score any goals and were punished for their woeful play.
A 27th minute red card from Michael Arroyo put America down to ten men, and after Esteban Ramirez got the breakthrough goal for the hosts, Yendrick Ruiz headed in a second from an Hugo Gonzalez error.
With eight minutes to go, Jonathan Hansen made it three goals to leave Club America facing exit from the competition.
From the start, it was a chippy affair and tempers flared early. In the 27th minute, Michael Arroyo saw red for a bad tackle on Herediano’s Cristian Lagos.
The Mexican side was forced to play with ten men for the majority of the game, and it proved crucial as Herediano broke the deadlock on 52 minutes.
Esteban Ramirez carried the ball onto the edge of the box before receiving a one-two from Yendrick Ruiz. Ramirez then slammed the ball past Hugo Gonzalez to give the hosts the lead.
After Gonzalez over-committed on a cross, Yendrick Ruiz doubled the advantage with a dinked header.
The visitors started venting their frustrations through hard tackles as the Mexican champs failed to get any sort of rhythm.
In the 82nd minute, Jonathan Hansen hit America with a third. The Argentine took advantage of some poor marking and jumped ahead of the America defense to seal the win.
With the result, Gustavo Matosas’ side is now left with all to do and will need to score three goals to force extra time when they head to the Estadio Azteca in three weeks.