It was supposed to be a chance to crash and ruin a colossal night of celebration at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City Saturday night.
Mexican soccer giant Club America turned 100 earlier in the week and the party went on through a Week 13 LIGA MX match against the visiting Tijuana Xolos. Nearly 100,000 fans packed the historic soccer stadium, mostly clad in yellow. Balloons, banners and even a new team anthem was unveiled for the “Aguilas,” delaying the start of the second half.
All the ingredients for a massive party. And it was just that as the Xolos went into a hostile environment and lost to America 1-0 with a second-half goal by Michael Arroyo. The “fiesta” went on for the Mexico City side while Tijuana saw its unbeaten streak end at 10 games. Tijuana (8-2-3) remains in first place with 27 points with four matches left in the season.
Arroyo sent in the game-winner in the 79th minute on a free kick from about 25 yards out. The Ecuadorian known as “Micky,” bent his shot just over a leaping defensive wall, off the hands of Tijuana goalkeeper Federico Vilar. The veteran defender was out of position when reaching back for the ball.
The scoring play was one of few generated by America in a match that Tijuana mostly controlled possession. The Xolos created more dangerous plays. Aviles Hurtado found the net but his goal was disallowed seconds into the second half. He was offsides.
Hurtado also had a chance early, crossing a shot just wide off an open net.
Milton Caraglio missed on a similar shot and on a right-footed blast at the 6-yard box, both in the first half.
Orozco writes for the Xolos website.