MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Four players were sent off in a red hot Mexican championship final as America beat UANL Tigres 3-0 in the second leg at the Azteca to win a record 12th league title 3-1 on aggregate on Sunday.
It was the perfect way for the Eagles’ Argentine coach Antonio Mohamed to bow out after confirming on Saturday he was leaving the club after news leaked midweek they were lining up Uruguayan Gustavo Matosas his successor.
Ecuador’s Michael Arroyo, Paraguayan central defender Pablo Aguilar and Mexico striker Oribe Peralta scored the goals that dashed Tigres’ dreams of a fourth title after winning the first leg 1-0 at home in Nuevo Leon on Thursday.
America controlled the match from the start and Arroyo gave them the lead in the in the 36th minute with a superb shot from a tight angle that beat goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman, levelling the aggregate score.
After Aguilar had headed America into the lead on the hour, Tigres’ Colombian substitute Hernan Dario Burbano was shown a red card for bringing down goalbound midfielder Miguel Layun less than two minutes after coming on.
Three minutes later the visitors were down to nine men when Argentine midfielder Damian Alvarez was sent off for hitting an opponent.
Argentine goalkeeper Guzman, who had earlier complained that America fans were directing lasers at him, was the third Tigres player sent off in the 72nd minute for a second yellow card for a foul after play had been halted for offside.