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The defending Liga MX champion is looking like a strong favorite to repeat after an extremely positive start to the season.

There is no stopping Club America at present.

The reigning Liga MX champion demolished its struggling Mexico City rivals Pumas 4-1 on Monday to move into first place in the league with two games in hand.

America dominated the game from early on in the Estadio Universitario, scoring its first three goals in an eight-minute period midway through the first half.

Left wing back Miguel Layun – left out of Mexico’s squad to face Honduras and the United States – opened the scoring with a shot into the top corner of the net from outside the penalty area.

Juan Carlos Valenzuela added the second with a header at the near post, with Luis Angel Mendoza breaking through and lifting the ball over ‘keeper Miguel Palacios for the third.

Luis Gabriel Rey headed in the fourth in the 66th minute, before Martin Bravo pulled back a consolation goal for Pumas.

The result leaves America level on 16 points with Morelia and Leon, but ahead of both on goal difference - having both the best offensive and defensive record in the league after eight rounds of games.

Pumas coach Antonio Torres Servin was fired in the immediate aftermath of the game, with the club in the middle of a mini-crisis having gone 10 league games without victory.

The Clausura 2011 champions are propped up at the bottom of the league table only by Atlante.

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