April 21, 2013
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 15 roundup
Jaguares 2, Leon 2
Jaguares took a quick two-goal lead, then watched it slip away, settling for a 2-2 draw with Leon Friday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Leiton Jimenez opened the scoring for Chiapas in the 50th minute, diving for a pass from Jorge Rodriguez and beating netminder William Yarbrough. Luis Gabriel Rey made the score 2-0 eight minutes later. Carlos Pena started the Esmeraldas’ comeback in the 61st minute, latching onto the rebound after Edwin Hernandez’s rocket shot was blocked by goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez, and Edwin Hernandez came through with the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time.
Both teams are well out of Liguilla contention, Jaguares in 15th place at 3-5-7 and 14 points, and Leon (1-7-7, 10) two places behind.
Santos Laguna 1, Monterrey 0
Felipe Baloy scored the only goal Santos Laguna needed to defeat Monterrey 1-0 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Baloy scored in the 17th minute, leaping to connect with a left-side corner kick. Both teams created dangerous chances in the second half, with Oribe Cant forcing Monterrey ‘keeper Jonathan Orozco to kick away a quick shot in the 56th minute, and youngster Joaquin Hernandez sending veteran netminder Oswaldo Sanchez soaring to the upper corner of the Albiverdes’ net in the 65th.
Santos Laguna finish Week 15 in fourth place at 8-5-2 (29 pts). Monterrey (6-2-7, 20) are one point out of Liguilla contention, in ninth place.
Queretaro 2, San Luis 1
Wilberto Cosme scored in the 87th minute to lift Queretaro over San Luis 2-1 Saturday at Estadio La Corregidora.
The Gladiadores got lucky when an early free kick by Jorge Echeverria hit the crossbar, and took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, on a header by Mario Ortiz. Amaury Escoto snagged a rebound and equalized for the Gallos Blancos in the 50th.
Two minutes after an apparently goal-bound shot by Antonio Gallardo was blocked off the line, Cosme delivered the win off an assist from Mario Osuna.
Queretaro are eighth in the standings with 21 points (5-6-4). San Luis trail the Clausura field at 2-4-9 (10).
Morelia 2, Tijuana 1
Hector Mancilla scored two goals in two minutes as Morelia rallied past Tijuana 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Caliente.
Mancilla’s initial strike, from the top of the penalty area to the upper left corner in the 73rd minute, countered a 34th-minute tally by the Xolos’ Daniel Marquez, who tapped the ball into the net after a cut-back pass from Fidel Martinez. Mancilla took advantage of an error by defender Edgar Castillo to seal the win in the 75th.
Tijuana finished the match with nine men after late red cards to Joe Corona and Castillo.
Morelia (6-6-3, 24 pts) are in fifth place, while the Xolos continue their free-fall down the table and are 11th with 18 points (5-3-7).
Atlas 1, Chivas 0
Atlas (9-4-2, 31 pts) kept their hold on second place in the Clausura standings and guaranteed themselves a berth in the Liguilla with Saturday’s 1-0 Clasico Tapatio win over shorthanded Chivas de Guadalajara (3-7-5, 16) at Estadio Jalisco.
Rodrigo Villar scored the deciding goal in the 29th minute, beating his defender to get to a cross from Sergio Ponce. The Zorros had a man advantage from the 17th minute, when Rafael Marquez received two yellow cards and was sent off.
Tigres 3, Pachuca 1
Carlos Salcido led the way with two goals as Tigres romped past Pachuca 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Salcido’s goals, in the 21st and 86th minutes, sandwiched the 40th-minute game-winner by Lucas Lobos.
Fernando Cavenaghi saved the Tuzos from the shutout in the 65th minute.
Tigres top the Clausura table at 9-5-1 and 32 points. Pachuca are tenth at 6-2-7 (20), and can still snatch a spot in the Liguilla.
America 1, Pumas 0
Christian Benitez scored in the 22nd minute, and Club America held on for a 1-0 win over Pumas Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Benitez beat goalkeeper Marco Palacios with a header.
UNAM’s comeback hopes faltered in the 33rd minute when Martin Bravo was red-carded for a hard foul on Rubens Sambueza. However, the Aguilas lost their man advantage in the 67th, when Jesus Molina received his second yellow card of the match and also was sent off.
Robin Ramirez came close to leveling the score for Pumas in the 80th minute, but America netminder Moises Munoz just beat the ball to the upper corner.
The win leaves America in third place at 8-5-2 and 29 points. Pumas (6-5-4, 23) are seventh.
Cruz Azul 2, Toluca 0
Cruz Azul shut out Toluca 2-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Christian Gimenez opened the scoring in the 18th minute, with a shot that deflected off defender Marvin Cabrera on its way into the net. Luis Perea closed things out ten minutes later, leaping to meet a corner kick at the penalty spot and beating netminder Alfredo Talavera with a header.
Sixth-place Cruz Azul improve to 6-5-4 (23 pts), while the Diablos Rojos fall to 5-3-7 (18) and 12th place.
Atlante 2, Puebla 0
Esteban Paredes scored both goals as Atlante defeated Puebla 2-0 Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Paredes netted the game-winner in the 11th minute, after forcing a turnover in front of the goal by Puebla defender Alexandro Alvarez, and added an insurance goal in the 88th.
Puebla had numerous chances to equalize, with Alberto Medina hitting the post in the 28th minute and Diego de Buen sending a shot off the right post in the 62nd.
The 16th-place Potros have 13 points (4-1-10). Puebla are not much better off, 14th in the standings at 4-3-8 (15).