March 31, 2013
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 13 roundup
Jaguares 3, Chivas 2
Franco Arizala scored from close range in the 80th minute to give Jaguares a hard-fought 3-2 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Friday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Chiapas took an early lead when Luis Gabriel Rey’s shot was deflected past netminder Jose Rodriguez in the eighth minute. Luis Lorona beat defenders Victor Perales and Antonio Rodriguez to double Jaguares’ lead in the 39th minute, but Rafael Marquez took one back for Chivas in the closing seconds of the half, and knotted the score at 2-2 from the edge of the penalty area in the 64th minute.
The win was only the second of the tournament for Jaguares (2-4-7, 10 pts). Chivas fall to 3-7-3 (16).
America 1, Puebla 1
Club America and Puebla traded second-half goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Felix Borja gave the visitors a short-lived 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute, off a quick counterattack. The goal was orchestrated by Alberto Medina with a cross from the right wing. Nine minutes later, Miguel Layun equalized for the Aguilas, driving the ball past ‘keeper Victor Hugo Hernandez from 19 yards.
The result leaves America third on the table at 7-4-2 and 25 points. Puebla improve to 4-3-6 (15).
Cruz Azul 2, Queretaro 1
Cruz Azul closed to within a point of Queretaro on Saturday, edging the Gallos Blancos 2-1 at Estadio La Corregidora.
Diego de la Torre put Queretaro on the board in the 11th minute, latching onto the loose ball after a defender attempted to clear Marco Antonio Jimenez’s corner kick, and the 1-0 lead held through halftime. Nicolas Bertolo equalized for La Maquina in the 46th minute, off assists from Pablo Barrera and Hugo Pavone, and Javier Orozco delivered the win in the 72nd, six minutes after entering the game and 11 minutes after an apparent penalty kick for the Aguilas was not awarded after a consultation between referee Jorge Perez and Assistant Miguel Chua. Barrera collected his second assist of the game on the play, with a corner kick from the right side.
La Maquina are 11th in the standings with 17 points (4-5-4), one place behind Queretaro (4-6-3, 18).
Pumas 2, Pachuca 1
Javier Cortes scored in the 84th minute to lift Pumas over Pachuca 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
UNAM’s Efrain Velarde snapped the scoreless tie with a shot from just off the back post in the 53rd minute, but Paulo da Silva responded two minutes later with a header to bring the Tuzos level.
Pumas (5-5-3, 20 pts) leapfrog Pachuca (6-2-5, 20 pts) into fifth place.
Tigres 0, Leon 0
Struggling Leon held first-place Tigres to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Lucas Lobos hit the bar for Tigres in the 51st minute, and forced Esmeraldas goalkeeper William Yarbrough to make a save three minutes later. In stoppage time, Yarbrough sent Danilo Veron to the turf in front of the goal, but no penalty was called.
Tigres remain on top of the Clausura standings at 8-5-0 and 29 points. Leon (1-5-7, 8 pts) fall to 17th place.
Tijuana 0, Santos Laguna 0
Santos Laguna netminder Oswaldo Sanchez turned in a superhuman performance to let his outplayed team escape with a 0-0 tie with Tijuana Saturday at Estadio Caliente.
Tijuana dominated possession, but often lacked the patience to work the ball inside, settling inside for long-range attempts that came no closer than a first-half free kick by Fernando Arce that hit the crossbar.
The Xolos (5-3-5, 18 pts) cling to playoff-eligible eighth place by a tiebreaker. Santos Laguna are fourth in the standings with 23 points (6-5-2).
Atlas 0, Morelia 0
Atlas remain two points behind Clausura leaders Tigres after Saturday’s scoreless draw with Morelia at Estadio Hidalgo.
Both goalkeepers, Federico Vilar for Morelia and Miguel Pinto for the Zorros, turned in strong performances. In the 23rd minute, Vilar blocked Rodrigo Millar’s goal-bound free kick out for a corner, and, moments later, Pinto blocked a dangerous shot from Jefferson Montero. Vicente Matias Vuoso threatened for Atlas after the intermission, but his header went inches wide of the post.
The one-point result leaves Atlas at 8-3-2 and 27 points, while seventh-place Morelia improve to 4-6-3 (18).
Toluca 1, Monterrey 0
Juan Carlos Cacho scored the only goal Toluca needed to defeat Monterrey 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Cacho powered the Diablos’ attack from the start, having a shot cleared off the line by Monterrey’s Hiram Mier in the fifth minute, and missing the mark from near the penalty spot in the 11th. Finally, he connected with a rebound to seal the win in the 70th minute.
Toluca are within a tiebreaker of a postseason berth at 5-5-5 and 18 points. Monterrey are close behind at 5-2-6 (17).
San Luis 1, Atlante 0
San Luis notched their second win of the Clausura on Sunday, defeating Atlante 1-0 at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Luis Alfonso Rodriguez scored the deciding goal, in the 74th minute, after the Gladiadores had played shorthanded for more than half an hour due to a red card foul by Emilio Lopez. Rodriguez himself picked up San Luis’ second red card of the match, in the 83rd minute.
While San Luis (2-3-8, 9 pts) has no hope of qualifying for the Liguilla, the win gave them a leg up in their race to escape relegation at the end of the season. That sense of urgency kept the Gladiadores pressing forward even when shorthanded, and came close to scoring in the 51st minute, when Javier Munoz Mustafa racked a shot off the bar and Yasser Corona and Luis Mendoza got off follow-up shots. Rodriguez eventually won the ball in the penalty area and blasted a shot past netminder Jorge Villalpando to deliver the win.
Atlante trail the Clausura field at 2-1-10 (7 pts).