The reigning champions were unable to get their season off to a winning start, falling at home to Club América, 1-2.
América won thanks to a brace from Osvaldo Martínez, but the first goal came about in large part due to the work of Oribe Peralta, who was making his debut with the Águilas. Peralta won the ball outside the box and took it into the area; although his shot was blocked by a sliding Nacho González, the ball fell nicely for Martínez, who put it away in the 19th minute.
Martínez would also have to share the credit for his second goal, which came in the 37th minute from a free kick. William Yarbrough elected to catch rather than punch the ball, but his momentum carried him backwards into his own goal – still holding the ball. By the time he tried to throw it away, it was already much too late; he had carried the ball over the line and América had a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, América conceded the initiative to León while coach Antonio Mohamed played around with his team’s tactical formation. The Águilas had started the game with a five-man back line, which Mohamed then changed to the standard back four before returning to a back five shortly afterwards.
In the 82nd minute, León was given a lifeline to get back into the game when Juan Carlos “Topo” Valenzuela fouled Yamilson Rivera in the box. Referee Fernando Guerrero pointed to the penalty spot, and Mauro Boselli stepped up. Moisés Muñoz saved Boselli’s shot, sending it to his right, but in the ensuing scramble for the loose ball Pablo Aguilar fouled Marco Caicedo, and Guerrero pointed to the spot once again.
Boselli stepped up again and sent his kick to the same side, but this time he beat Muñoz, reducing León’s deficit to just one goal. It was the 84th minute by this point, though, and León was unable to go on and find an equalizer. América picked up their first three points of the season with the 1-2 win.
León: William Yarbrough, Jonny Magallón, Rafael Márquez, Juan Ignacio González, Edwin Hernández (José Ruíz 88′), Elías Hernández, Carlos Peña, Juan José Vázquez, José María Cárdenas (Marcos Caicedo 61′), Mauro Boselli, Mauricio Castañeda (Alexis Rivera 46′).
América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Miguel Layún (Jesús Molina 46′), Osvaldo Martínez (Osmar Mares 57′), José Daniel Guerrero, Rubens Sambueza, Oribe Peralta, Luis Gabriel Rey (Raúl Jiménez 60′).