Toluca 3-1 America: Bounces Go Toluca's Way

Toluca picked up their first win of the season as los Diablos Rojos scored two second-half goals en route to a 3-1 win over America.
Toluca needed a bit of fortune but los Diablos Rojos broke out of their season-long slump nevertheless.

Toluca beat America 3-1 on Wednesday in Estadio Nemesio Diez to pick up their first win of the Bicentenario 2010 season. Two of the goals were aided by deflections.

First Half

Toluca came out on the offensive and were rewarded quickly. Carlos Esquivel dribbled down the right side of the penalty area and fed Antonio Naelson "Zinha" who fired a shot into the back of the net as America 'keeper Guillermo Ochoa was off balance.

The goal however did not amount to much momentum as los Diablos sputtered into the intermission still ahead 1-0.

Second Half

Toluca nabbed the game-winner early in the second half. After a failed Toluca cross from the right flank was cleared out of the penalty area, Esquivel pounced on the ball. Esquivel ripped a shot on goal that deflected off Zinha. The ball sailed into the air and landed to Hector Raul Mancilla's feet. As Ochoa raised his hands pleading for an offside call, Mancilla calmly settled the ball and easily beat Ochoa from point-blank range.

Some 10 minutes later, Toluca added an insurance goal. Manuel De La Torre lined up a 25-yard free kick. His shot caromed off the wall and went into the left corner of the net. Ochoa was caught off balance and had no chance to stop the ball.

America pulled a goal back in the 70th minute. Pavel Pardo sent a cross in from the right flank that split Toluca's defense and fell to Daniel Montenegro, who powered a header past Alfredo Talavera for America's lone goal of the match.

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