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Ronaldinho scored twice in the second-half as Victor Manuel Vucetich’s men earned an emphatic 4-0 victory over current Liga MX champions Club America at the Estadio Azteca.
Vucetich arrived to Queretaro in late February on the eve of a bad run under former manager, Ignacio Ambriz, and has has turned things around at the club, who have won their last four games under the current manager.
Prior to today’s game, Queretaro had never won a game against America at the Estadio Azteca, but Yasser Corona eased some nerves when he sent a free-kick flying into Hugo Gonzalez’s left corner to give the visitors the lead.
Things almost got worse two minutes later as Gonzalez declined William da Silva from a close-range shot.
Las Aguilas struggled to create the free-flowing football that characterizes manager Gustavo Matosas, and their best chance in the first-half came when Dario Benedetto sent a a shot into the side netting.
Right before the interval, in-form 19-year-old Orbelin Pineda added a second for the visitors. After gathering the ball inside the box, the Mexico youth international weaved past Paolo Goltz and drilled the ball behind Gonzalez for his fifth goal of the season.
Dario Benedetto came close to giving America a way back into the game early in the second half but his header from a corner went floating across Tiago Volpi’s goal.
In the 75th minute, Emmanuel Villa should have sealed the game but could not finish in front of an empty net from a few yards out.
But second-half substitute Ronaldinho wouldn’t miss. The Barcelona legend received the ball on a breakaway with just the keeper to beat and finished through Gonzalez’s legs to put things at 3-0.
There would be time for one more, and in the closing seconds, Ronaldinho picked a ball outside the box and placed a shot into the bottom corner for his second of the evening.
With the result, Club America suffered their second defeat at home all season, but remain in the top eight in the league table.
Meanwhile, Queretaro continued their late hunt for a Liguila spot, and moved into seventh-place with three matches to go.