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Liga MX champions, Club America, suffered another crushing defeat as Las Aguilas were downed 4-0 by Veracruz at the Estadio Luis de La Fuente on Friday night.
America looked to bounce back from a midweek collapse in the CONCACAF Champions League, where Gustavo Matosas men were defeated 3-0 by Costa Rican side Herediano.
But the damage started in the 15th minute when Leiton Jimenez rifled a shot past Hugo Gonzalez.
Leobardo Lopez netted a second before Julio Furch scored a brilliant chip in the second-half. Michel Vazquez rounded off the win in the 82nd minute.
With the result, Veracruz strengthen their hold on second-place in the Liga MX.
On the other hand, Club America conceded four goals for the first time since their 2014 Apertura defeat to Cruz Azul, who they face in the next match.
Veracruz went into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season against Xolos de Tijuana but started the game on top.
In the 14th minute, Daniel Villalva saw a header saved from a Fernando Meneses cross.
A minute later, however, Villalva played a major part in Veracruz’s opening goal. Following a corner, Villalva sent a pass to Leiton Jimenez. The Colombian fired from close range to put Veracruz ahead.
Five minutes from the break, the hosts were celebrating a second. First, after a corner, Gabriel Peñalba headed to Meneses. Meneses headed the ball back down to Leobardo Lopez, whose shot from a few yards out found the back of the net.
America had a few chances, and in the 57th minute, Pablo Aguilar came close to netting from a header that went just wide of Meliton Hernandez’s goal.
At the other end, Villalba turned provider again. The Argentine put in a teasing through ball to Julio Furch. Furch’s reception was brilliant, and his finish was just as impressive.
Moments later, Cristian Pellerano received his marching orders before Rubens Sambueza had a penalty saved for Las Aguilas.
In the 82nd minute, Michel Vazquez scored a fourth past Hugo Gonzalez to confirm the victory and establish a four point advantage over America.