Club America cruised past Tauro on Tuesday night, topping the Panamanian side 4-0 to put one foot in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champion League semifinals.
United States international Joe Corona opened the scoring at the Estadio Azteca with a lovely goal scored from outside the area. Tauro thought it had cleared the danger from a goal kick, but Corona hit the ball first time with his shot kissing the post before finding the back of the net.
Tauro nearly brought things back level just before halftime when Marcos Sanchez lofted a shot toward Agustin Marchesin's net with the goalkeeper off his line. The Argentine sprinted back and dove to scoop the ball out before it could cross the line.
The scare was enough to bring the Mexico City club to life with America adding three more goals ahead of next week's second leg in Panama City. Henry Martin doubled the lead in the 71st minute with a header to open the floodgates. Cecilio Dominguez added his third goal of the tournament in the 79th minute and Andres Ibarguen capped off the night with an 81st-minute strike.
The series now heads to the Estadio Rommel Fernandez for the second leg on March 14 where Tauro will still hold out hope it can turn things around and continue its SCCL run.