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July 28, 2013
Match Day 2 roundup

Toluca 4, Morelia 3
Morelia’s Jefferson Montero recorded the first hat trick of the Apertura tournament, but visiting Toluca snatched a 4-3 win on Edy Brambila’s 90th-minute goal Friday at Estadio Morelos.

Montero opened the scoring in the first minute. Pablo Velasquez beat an offside trap to counter for the Diablos Rojos in the 38th, but Monarcas led 2-1 at halftime after Montero’s second strike, in the 40th. Richard Ortiz equalized for Toluca with a left-footer in the 73rd minute, only to see Montero restore Morelia’s lead with a sharp shot from the center of the penalty area in the 75th. Carlos Esquivel leveled the match at 3-3 with a penalty kick four minutes later, after Morelia’s Joel Huiqui collected his second yellow card of the match for a foul in the box and was sent off.

Brambila delivered the win to Toluca by slipping a shot inside the left post in the final minute.

The result leaves both teams at 1-0-1 and three points.

Santos Laguna 3, Cruz Azul 2
Santos Laguna scored three goals before halftime and held on for a 3-2 win over Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.

Oswaldo Pantoja put the Guerreros (1-0-0) on the board with a second minute header, and Oribe Peralta added goals in the 26th and 43rd, the last a stunner from distance into the left corner of the net. La Maquina (1-0-1) made the match interesting with a penalty kick by Christian Gimenez in the 70th minute and header by Joao Rojas eight minutes later, but the comeback stopped there.

Pachuca 2, Tigres 1
Daniel Luduena’s 47th-minute goal lifted Pachuca over Tigres 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.

Hector Miguel Herrera gave the Tuzos a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, heading home a cross from the corner. Jesus Duenas countered for Tigres in the 36th, seconds after Pachuca netminder Oscar Perez blocked a shot by Danilinho, and the score held until just after the intermission, when Luduena delivered the win with a spectacular blast from near midfield..

The win leaves Pachuca on top of the Apertura standings at 2-0-0 and six points. Tigres open the season at 0-0-1 (0).

Monterrey 1, Puebla 1
Monterrey scored four minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw with Puebla Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.

Matias Alustiza gave Puebla a 1-0 advantage in the 77th minute, beating defender Jose Maria Basanta on a run into the penalty area and beating ‘keeper Jonathan Orozco with a right-footed shot. Humberto Suazo responded for the Rayados almost immediately, but his shot hit the post, and Puebla was poised to take the full three points until Dorlan Pabon leveled the score with a long-range blast.

Puebla have two points from their first two games (0-2-0), while Monterrey improve to 0-1-1 (1).

Veracruz 4, Atlante 2
Angel Martinez had a hat trick to lead Veracruz o a 4-2 win over Atlante Saturday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.

The Tiburones Rojos had a man advantage for the final 40 minutes, after Atlante’s Alberto Garcia was sent off after a violent foul at midfield, and took advantage with goals by Christian Marrugo in the 62nd minute and Reyna in the 70th. Marrugo took advantage when goalkeeper Yosgart Gutierrez bobbled the ball in front of the goal, and Reyna topped things off with a slow roller into the bottom corner.

Atlante got off to a promising start, with a go-ahead goal from Angel Sepulveda off Sergio Perez’s right-side cross in the first minute, but trailed 2-1 at the intermission after Reyna connected in the 18th and 41st. Alberto Garcia leveled the score at 2-2 in the 46th minute.

Veracruz are third on the table after two games, at 1-1-0 and four points, while the Potros trail the Apertura field at 0-0-2.

Leon 2, Atlas 1
Leon sit second on the Apertura table after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Atlas at Estadio Jalisco.

The Esmeraldas shook off an early goal by Flavio Santos for Atlas. Mauro Boselli snagged a rebound to level the score 1-1 in the 35th minute, and Carlos Alberto Pena netted the game-winner in the 48th.

Leon improve to 2-0-0, while the Zorros fall to 0-1-1 )(1 pt).

Jaguares 1, Chivas 1
Angel Zalvidar scored on the last play of the match to give Chivas de Guadalajara a season-opening 1-1 draw with Jaguares Sunday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.

Zalvidar’s strike countered an 18th-minute goal by Jaguares’ Carlos Ochoa, who opened the scoring with a header off David Mendieta’s assist. In the first minute of stoppage time, Zalvidar latched on to a loose ball in the box and powered a left-footed shot past netminder Alfredo Frausto to level the score.

The draw was the second in as many weeks for Jaguares (0-2-0).

Queretaro 3, Pumas 0
The Gallos Blancos of Queretaro routed shorthanded Pumas 3-0 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

Wilberto Cosme put Queretaro on the board in the seventh minute, and made the score 2-0 in the 60th. A minute later, midfielder Ariel Nahuelpan was sent off, taking Pumas’ comeback hopes with him. Esteban Paredes capped the Gallos scoring with ten minutes left on the clock.

Queretaro improve to 1-0-1 and three points, while Pumas fall to 0-1-1 (1).

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