Blaise Bourgeois

📝 Club América clinch Liguilla place with Veracruz rout

Club América wasted no time as they secured Liguilla qualification with a huge 5-0 rout of lowly Veracruz on Friday night.

Bruno Valdez, Nico Castillo, and Henry Martín all scored within a nine-minute span to put América up 3-0 within the first half-hour before Martín completed his hat-trick in the second half to round out the scoring.

América controlled the match from start-to-finish and went ahead in the 19th minute thanks to a gift from goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado.

From a corner, Jurado fumbled the ball, allowing Valdez to finish in front of an open goal.

América doubled their lead through Castillo just four minutes later as he and Martín completed a spectacular piece of interplay on the counter-attack.

Martín would add the third in the 28th minute, dribbling through the Veracruz defence and getting a fortunate bounce through a bit of unlikely poor goalkeeping from the otherwise strong Jurado.

After the break, América piled on the pressure and found their fourth goal of the night as another error allowed Martín to complete his brace.

The game was already in hand but América stayed on the attack and let Martín finish off his hat-trick in some style to give his side all three points.

América are temporarily in second place on 31 points while most teams in Liga MX still have a pair of matches in hand.