Miguel Herrera admitted Jorge Sánchez’s early dismissal gave his América side a mountain to climb in Saturday night’s 3-1 home defeat to Juarez.
The defender received a straight red in the third minute of the game at the Azteca following a VAR review.
It left the 10 men of the Azulcrema to fight 87 minutes with a numerical disadvantage.
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Diego Rolán opened the scoring for Juarez in the 11th minute before Darío Lezcano doubled the visitors’ advantage 10 minutes later.
Luis Fernando Fuentes cut the lead in half with his first goal for Las Águilas with 15 minutes remaining, but Bruno Roma put the result beyond doubt in the 90th minute.
Despite his disappointment, Herrera was keen to move on from the pivotal moment of the game.
“A total mistake of Jorge. The game is starting and there is no need to make such tackles.
“It has already happened, and now to work for the next game.”
The América boss was unhappy with the nature of Juarez’s opener, and was convinced it should have been chalked off for offside.
Herrera and his troops must dust themselves down before Tuesday’s rescheduled Clausura game away to Puebla.