April 28, 2013
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 16 roundup
Morelia 2, Toluca 1
Hector Mancilla’s tenth goal of the Clausura lifted Morelia over Toluca 2-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
The loss eliminated the Diablos Rojos (5-3-8, 18 pts) from Liguilla contention.
Jefferson Montero gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, taking a headed pass from Aldo Leao and blasting a shot from just outside the penalty area. Carlos Rodriguez countered for Toluca in the 58th, with a perfectly-placed left-footed free kick.
Mancilla headed home a pass from Joao Rojas to put the game away for Morelia.
Monarcas (7-6-3) are fifth in the standings and LIguilla-bound with 27 points.
Cruz Azul 1, Santos Laguna 0
Christian Gimenez scored in the 35th minute to give Cruz Azul a 1-0 win over Santos Laguna Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Gimenez delivered the win with a header off Pablo Barrera’s corner kick.
The loss ended a nine-game unbeaten run for the Guerreros, who would have fallen by a larger margin had goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez not stopped a penalty kick by Gimenez before the match was ten minutes old.
Cruz Azul are in sixth place at 7-5-4 (26 pts). Despite the loss, Santos Laguna are fourth on the Clausura table at 8-5-3 and 29 points.
America 4, Pachuca 2
Christian Benitez led the way with a hat trick as Club America rallied past Pachuca 4-2 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo, and into first place on the Clausura table.
The Tuzos led 2-0, on goals by Angel Reyna and Fernando Cavanaghi, before Benitez put the Aguilas (9-5-2, 32 pts) on the board from the upper corner of the penalty area in the 60th minute. He tied the score four minutes later, after Christian Bermudez threaded a pass through two defenders into the box, and netted his third of the match in the 76th minute, after Raul Jimenez had sealed the win with a 68th-minute penalty kick.
The triple lifted Benitez into the Clausura scoring lead with 12 goals and one week remaining in the season.
Pachuca played the final 24 minutes with eight men, after Daniel Arreola was red-carded for the handball that sent Jimenez to the spot.
The loss eliminated tenth-place Pachuca (6-2-8, 20 pts) from Liguilla contention.
Monterrey 1, Tigres 0
Tigres fell out of first place in the Clausura standings after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Monterrey at Estadio Universitario.
Leobardo Lopez scored the deciding goal in the first minute after halftime, using his head to direct Humberto Suazo’s free kick into the net and keep the Rayados’ Liguilla hopes alive into the final week of the season.
Monterrey (7-2-7, 23 pts) are one point out of Liguilla contention with one game left in the season, Tigres are second on the table at 9-5-2 (32).
Leon 1, Atlante 0
Edgar Pacheco snapped a scoreless tie in the 78th minute to give Leon a 1-0 win over Atlante Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Pacheco’s goal came off a free kick, which he headed past netminder Jorge Villalpando. Jose Fonseca had a pair of late chances to equalize for the Potros, but could not capitalize.
The win was the second of the season for the 16th-place Esmeraldas (2-7-7, 13 pts). Atlante(4-1-11, 13) fall to the bottom of the table.
San Luis 1, Tijuana 0
San Luis pulled themselves out of the Clausura cellar with a 1-0 win over Tijuana Saturday at Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramirez.
Alan Zamora scored the game’s only goal, from well outside the penalty area in the 85th minute. Tijuana played most of the second half shorthanded, after red cards to Diego Olsina in the 53rd minute and Noe Maya in the 64th.
San Luis escape the league cellar and finish Week 16 in 17th place at 3-4-9 and 13 points. The Xolos will not have an opportunity to defend their Apertura championship, falling to 11th place with 18 points (5-3-8).
Puebla 1, Atlas 1
Atlas and Puebla exchanged late goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Vicente Matias Vuoso gave the Zorros a short-lived 1-0 lead with a header from off the post in the 80th minute, but Jonathan Lacerda salvaged a point – and possibly a reprieve from relegation -- for Puebla in the 84th, after latching onto a loose ball in the penalty area.
The result leaves 9-5-2 Atlas third in the standings, but level on points with #2 Tigres at 32. Puebla are in 14th place at 4-4-8 (16 pts).
Pumas 3, Jaguares 0
Pumas punched their ticket to the Liguilla with a 3-0 win over Jaguares Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Javier Cortes connected twice for UNAM, in the 7th and 88th minutes, sandwiching a 43rd-minute strike by Robin Ramirez. Luis Garcia set the first scoring play in motion with a service into the area that was relayed through to Cortes by Ramirez. Josecarlos Van Rankin assisted as Cortes completed his brace.
Luis Lorona had one of Jaguares’ best scoring chances, but sent his 24th-minute shot off the post.
Pumas are seventh on the table at 7-5-4 and 26 pts). Jaguares fall to 3-5-8 (14 pts) and are in 15th place.
Queretaro 2, Chivas 1
Queretaro edged shorthanded Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Chivas played shorthanded for 64 of the 90 minutes, after a straight red card to Gonzalo Pineda in the 26th, and gifted the Gallos Blancos a 1-0 lead with an own goal by Sergio Perez, who deflected a Queretaro cross into his own net in the 37th minute. Wilberto Cosme netted the game-winner in the 52nd minute, just beating goalkeeper Luis Michel to a ball in front of the goal. Substitute Abraham Coronado’s 67th-minute goal spoiled Queretaro’s shutout.
The relegation-threatened Gallos Blancos (6-6-4, 24 pts) have a slim hold on the eighth and final berth in the Liguilla going into the final week of the season. The loss leaves Chivas in 13th place at 3-7-6 (16).