The final round 1 matchup was played tonight, nearly 6 weeks after the tournament began (it was scheduled this way), meaning Jaguares & America finally got caught up by playing their opening matchup. The final result was rather surprising given how America seemingly dominated on the offensive side, but it was Jaguares that got the 2-0 win at home. Both sides took their shots in the first half but didn’t score, in the second half Jaguares got their first goal from Jonathan Fabbro in the 63rd minute, then managed to keep America scoreless the rest of the way. Marcelo Balmori added an insurance goal at the end of regulation and that was that. Jaguares has now exceeded their win total from the entire Apertura 2016 tournament in just 5 weeks (3) and takes another big step towards halting their freefall towards demotion and putting even more ground between themselves & last-place Morelia. But it’s still another short week for both teams as they play their 3rd game in 7-8 days in Round 6 (Jaguares gets a few extra hours rest as they play Sunday morning, America plays Saturday night). And speaking of the demotion race, next week could settle the fate of the loser because guess who Jaguares gets at home? Morelia. Monarcas can all but forget survival if they don’t win this one as they’d need to probably win out and have Veracruz fall apart to have any chance at survival. America has a likely easy bounce-back game to get back on track next as they get to welcome in Puebla.
Goals-Jonathan Fabbro (Jaguares, 63′, 2nd of tournament), Marcelo Balmori (Jaguares, 90′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 8, Jaguares 3
Corner kicks-America 6, Jaguares 3
Amarillas-Jaguares 2 (Felix Araujo, 25′, Moises Munoz, 88′), America 1 (Manuel Perez, 89′)
Venue: Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, Chiapas
Attendance: 26,732 (92.1% capacity)