Mexico:Uruguayan Rodrigo Lopez scored twice in two minutes as America thrashed fellow Mexican team Pachuca 4-1 on Tuesday in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana second round match up.
Lopez's goals came in the 56th and 57th minute. Argentine Federico Insua scored in the 33rd and Paraguayan Salvador Cabanas found the net a minute into the second half scored for the Eagles, who can move on to the quarterfinals even with a loss in next's weeks second leg match played on Wednesday at Azteca Stadium.
"We needed this, we were not playing well, but we did the job," Cabanas said. "America is going do great things."
Christian Gimenez, in the 54th, scored for los Tuzos, which have not lost against America at home since October 20 of 2000.
It was a great night for an America team that's struggling in the Mexican League with losses in three of their past four games.
Tuzos, on the other hand, looked far from the team that won this tournament last winter, and from the team that won the Mexican Clausura 2007 last May. This was their fourth straight loss, including the local league.