Lightning struck at Azteca Stadium Saturday night as FC Juarez defeated Club America 3-1 in a historic win for the Bravos in Mexico City. FC Juarez took advantage of an extremely early red card given to America’s Jorge Sanchez in the second minute of match that would leave the home team with a one man disadvantage.

The Bravos would not hesitate to capitalize on the hand that they were dealt as in the 11th minute the Bravos would take a 1-0 lead when Diego Rolan would put the ball in the back of the net off of a direct kick that was deflected by a teammate’s head, Rolan found the ball less than 6 feet away from the goal and took the left footed strike.

FC Juarez.
FC Juarez.

Ten minutes later the team from the Borderland would extend the lead when Jefferson Intriago would connect with forward Dario Lezcano on a run he was making toward goal to simply push the ball in for the score.

The most hated team in Mexican soccer would score a goal in the second half to make it 2-1 in the 75th minute. Luis Fernando Fuentes would score off of a header on a corner kick.

It would be in the last minute of the regulation were FC Juarez would seal the win as the new addition to the defensive line for the Bravos, Bruno Romo, would score the third goal off of a header on a direct kick.

This win gives the Bravos 7 points (as a result of 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss) in this 2020 Clausura season, good enough for 4th place in the standings table. After the match, Bravos head coach Gabriel Caballero commented the following, “I was happy with result, still I feel we failed to demonstrate the superiority that comes from having a one man advantage and from that point I’m not satisfied. I feel we had infinite opportunities to score even more goals and produce a complete blow out of America. It is a historic win for the institution, but I’m not 100% happy because we could not make it obvious that we had a one-man advantage.”

Up next for the Bravos will be a home match against Necaxa next Sunday at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium, kickoff is scheduled to be at 7pm MST.

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