América wins over San Luis, while Santos Laguna and Monterrey draw 0-0.

Club América took a decisive step towards progressing to the 2023 Liga MX Clausura semi-final with an away win over Atlético de San Luis.

Cabecita Rodríguez opened the scoring after just 9 minutes before Diego Valdés doubled America’s lead with San Luis closing the gap on 21 minutes when Bonatini took advantage of sloppy defending to offer a lifeline for the home side.

The only downside for América was the late dismissal for Israel Reyes with his red ruling out his participating in Saturday’s second leg at the Azteca.

Fans at the Estadio Corona witnessed a hard-fought, scrappy, evenly matched game in which regular season leaders Monterrey were far from their best against a Santos

Laguna who progressed to post season despite finishing 13th place in the regular season, only securing a place due to Queretaro’s coefficient.

Thrills and spills were conspicuous by their absence for the spectators with Santos first half chances falling to Juan Brunetta and Matheus Doria as Germán Berterame, Alfonso González and Rogelio Funes Mori presented sources of danger for Rayados.

Things become tighter in the second half with Monterrey seeming to settle for the draw despite a late rally from the home side looking to give their fans something to cheer about.

The tie will now be decided at Rayados’ Estadio BBVA on Saturday night. 

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