MEXICO CITY, Mar 15 (Reuters) – Cruz Azul won the Americas 1-0 on Sunday with a goal from Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez at the close of the tenth day of the Clausura tournament of Mexican soccer, which will be suspended until further notice before the worldwide spread of the coronavirus that has infected more than 150,000 people and killed more than 50,000.
Earlier, the Mexico League announced the indefinite suspension of the men’s and women’s first division tournament, in addition to the promotion, due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, baptized as COVID-19, and which in Mexico has infected 53 people and caused one death .
In the game that closed the day, which was played without an audience, Rodríguez scored the winning goal in the 65th minute with a shot inside the area after service sent by the Paraguayan Juan Escobar from the right sector.
Cruz Azul’s “Blue Machine” was able to record a bigger victory, but the wise interventions of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa prevented it.
America had the clearest option of rescuing the tie via the penalty kick, but goalkeeper Jesús Corona deflected the shot from the Argentine Emanuel Aguilera in the tenth minute of the discount.
In the other matches on Sunday, Atlas beat Toluca 3-2 on the road with goals from Diego Barbosa, José Abella and Colombia’s Mauricio Cuero. For the “Red Devils”, the Uruguayan Leonardo Fernández discounted with a double.
Meanwhile, Santos Laguna defeated Necaxa 2-1 with goals from Hugo Rodríguez and Uruguayan Brian Lozano. Necaxa discounted with so much of the Ecuadorian defender Félix Torres in his own goal.
On Saturday, the champion Monterrey tied 1-1 on his visit to Guadalajara, and continues without knowing the victory in the current tournament. The Monterrey “Rayados” have not won since December 29, 2019 when they beat América on penalties to lift the Apertura tournament title.
In other games on Saturday, León beat Pumas UNAM 3-1, Tigres UANL beat Bravos de Ciudad Juárez 3-2, and Puebla defeated Atlético San Luis 1-0 on the road.
On Friday, in games that were still played with the public, Monarcas Morelia and Tijuana beat Querétaro and Pachuca 4-0 and 3-2, respectively.
(Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)