April 14, 2013
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 14 roundup
Santos Laguna 2, Toluca 1
Santos Laguna scored twice in four minutes to slip past Toluca 2-1 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Cesar Ibanez’s 65th-minute tally, off an assist from Mario Cardenas, countered Lucas Tiago Silva’s go-ahead goal for the Diablos Rojos in the 28th. Silva almost staked Toluca to a two-goal lead in the closing seconds of the first half, but Guerreros netminder Oswaldo Sanchez came up with a spectacular save. Oribe Peralta delivered the win in the 69th.
Santos Laguna improve to 7-5-2 and 26 points, while Toluca fall to 5-3-6 (18).
Morelia 1, Queretaro 0
Hector Mancilla scored in the 77th minute to lift Morelia over Queretaro 1-0 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Morelia absorbed early pressure from the Gallos Blancos before gradually assuming control of the match. But they did not find the target until Mancilla sent the game-winning free kick curling into the corner of the net.
Morelia are in sixth place at 5-6-3 and 21 points. Queretaro (4-6-4, 18) are 11th, and still have a slim shot at the Liguilla with three weeks left in the season.
Cruz Azul 5, Tijuana 0
Javier Orozco’s two goals in the final two minutes were the icing on the cake as Cruz Azul routed Tijuana 5-0 Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Hugo Pavone opened the scoring for La Maquina in the 31st minute, but the floodgates did not truly open until after the intermission. Teofilo Gutierrez made the score 2-0 in the 56th minute, 13 minutes before Cristian Pellerano collected his second yellow card of the match and left Tijuana shorthanded. Gerardo Flores gave Cruz Azul a three-goal cushion in the 75th, and Orozco, who entered the match in the 74th minute, closed things out with goals in the 89th and stoppage time.
Tijuana’s best chance to take control of the match came early, when Cruz Azul defender Jair Perreira appeared to block Joe Corona’s shot with his hand in the box, but no penalty was awarded.
La Maquina finish Week 14 in seventh place at 5-5-4 and 20 points. The 12th-place Xolos fall to 5-3-6 (18).
Monterrey 2, Pachuca 0
Monterrey blanked Pachuca 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Jesus Corona came off the bench for the injured Darvin Chavez in the 22nd minute, and chipped a soft shot over goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota to open the scoring five minutes later. Neri Cardozo blasted the shorthanded insurance goal into the upper left corner in the 72nd, after Cesar Delgado was sent off with a straight red card in the 51st minute.
The win leaves Monterrey at 6-2-6 and 20 points, a tiebreaker ahead of the Tuzos (6-2-6, 20) for Liguilla-eligible eighth place.
Leon 1, America 1
The scoring was over early as Leon and America played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Matias Britos gave the Esmeraldas a short-lived 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the third minute, after a foul in the box by Aquivaldo Mosquera. Christian Benitez equalized for the Aguilas in the ninth, off an end-to-end play started by goalkeeper Moises Munoz. Raul Jimenez relayed the ball through traffic to Benitez for the finish.
Leon trail the Clausura field with nine points (1-6-7). Third-place America improve to 7-5-2 and 26 points.
San Luis 2, Atlas 2
San Luis was on the verge of their third Clausura win on Saturday, but surrendered a stoppage-time goal to Isaac Brizuela and settled for a 1-1 draw with Atlas at Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramirez,
Vicente Matias Vuoso staked the Zorros to a 1-0 lead with a header in the 30th minute. David Salazar leveled the score in the 77th, and Mauro Matos gave the Gladiadores a 2-1 advantage with another header in the 89th minute.
Brizuela, who hit the post in the early minutes of the match and forced goalkeeper Oscar Perez to make a diving save in the 19th, latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area two minutes into stoppage time to salvage a point for Atlas.
The result leaves Atlas (8-4-2) one point behind Clausura leaders Tigres with 28. The Gladiadores are 16th of the 18 teams at 2-4-8 (10 pts).
Jaguares 2, Puebla 1
Jorge Rodriguez scored in the 85th minute to lift Jaguares over Puebla 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Chiapas seized the early advantage with a 13th-minute goal by Luis Lorona, who received service from Luis Gabriel Rey. Lorona nearly scored again in the 26th minute, but goalkeeper Victor Hugo Hernandez made the save. Damarcus Beasley tied the score 1-1 in the 69th. Rodriguez delivered the win by beating Hernandez one-on-one.
Fifteenth-place Jaguares improve to 3-4-7 and 13 points, two points behind Puebla (4-3-7).
Pumas 2, Tigres 1
Pumas handed first-place Tigres their first loss of the Clausura, 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Martin Bravo delivered the win in the 31st minute, with a flashy scissors kick off Dario Veron’s corner kick. Tigres got off to a strong start, taking a 1-0 lead on Clausura scoring leader Emanuel Villa’s header – and ninth goal of the tournament --in the seventh minute, but stumbled badly just four minutes later, when Hugo Ayala deflected a free kick by Javier Cortes into his own net.
The win leaves Pumas (6-5-3, 23 pts) in fifth place. Tigres (8-5-1, 29) retain a slim one-point lead over Atlas at the top of the table.
Atlante 2, Chivas 1
Paul Uscanga was the hero as last-place Atlante rallied to a 2-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Rafael Marquez gave the Herd a 1-0 lead with a penalty kick in the 26th minute, after Carlos Fierro was fouled in the box. Esteban Paredes hit the post with a header in the 40th minute, but it took the Potros until the 76th minute to equalize, when Luis Venegas latched onto a rebound. Uscanga completed the comeback in the 88th.
Atlante leapfrog Leon into 17th place in the standings at 3-1-10 (10 pts). Chivas remain well out of Liguilla contention at 3-7-4 and 16 points.