August 4, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 4 roundup
America 3, Atlas 0
Club America dominated Atlas 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Azteca, in a match dedicated to former Aguilas striker Christian Benitez, who passed away last week due to a heart ailment.
Narciso Mina, who sent America’s first chance of the game over the bar in the 20th minute, made the most of his second chance, poking home a pass from Angel Mendoza in the 25th. Atlas kept things close into the second half, before the Aguilas pulled away with goals by Raul Jimenez in the 69th minute and Rubens Sambueza six minutes later.
America improve to 1-1-0 and four points, while the Zorros fall to 0-2-2 and two points.
Veracruz 3, Cruz Azul 2
Liga MX newcomers Veracruz moved to the top of the table with Saturday’s 3-2 win over Cruz Azul at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
The victory would have been more lopsided if not for a 90th-minute own goal by Tiburones defender Adrian Cortes.
La Maquina were first on the board, with Pablo Barrera’s 29th-minute strike. Angel Reyna knotted the score from the penalty spot in the 55th minute, and connected a second time in the 70th, five minutes after Jehu Chiapas netted the game-winner. Reyna’s second goal also started with a penalty kick, but the spot kick was blocked back into play and he scored off the rebound.
Cruz Azul played shorthanded after a 53rd-minute red card to Israel Castro, and finished two men down after 84th-minute substitute Sergio Napoles was sent off in the second minute of stoppage time.
Veracruz lead the league with 10 points (3-1-0). Cruz Azul are in the middle of the Apertura pack at 1-1-2 (4 pts).
Morelia 2, Tijuana 1
Hector Mancilla scored both goals as Morelia edged Tijuana 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Morelos.
Mancilla opened the scoring in the 11th minute, off Jefferson Montero’s assist, and netted the game-winner in the 49th, after picking off a loose ball at the top of the penalty area. Tijuana’s Fidel Martinez spoiled netminder Federico Vilar’s shutout bid in the 64th minute, ten minutes after Monarcas were left shorthanded by a red card to Rodrigo Salinas.
The win leaves Morelia second on the Apertura table at 3-0-1 and nine points. The Xolos fall to 1-1-1 (4).
Pachuca 1, Leon 1
Pachuca and Leon traded goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Walter Ayovi gave the Tuzos a 1-0 advantage in the 76th minute, after Leon’s Matias Britos hit the post and Mauro Boselli had a shot cleared off the line by defender Evan Estrada. Franco Arizala evened the score in the 86th.
The result leaves Pachuca at 2-1-1 and seven points, while Leon are third in the standings at 2-2-0 (8).
Monterrey 1, Toluca 1
Pablo Velasquez scored in the 55th minute to lift Toluca into a 1-1 draw with Monterrey Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Dorlan Pabon gave Monterrey the early advantage, linking up with Humberto Suazo for a give-and-go from midfield in the closing seconds of the first half.
Velasquez capitalized on an error by defender Jose Basanta for the equalizer.
Toluca (1-2-1) have five points from their first four games of the season, while the struggling Rayados fall to 0-3-1.
Santos Laguna 2, Queretaro 0
Santos Laguna picked up their second win of the season Saturday, cruising past Queretaro 2-0 at Estadio TSM Corona.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez converted the game-winning penalty kick in the 18th minute. Oribe Peralta added an insurance goal in the 57th.
Queretaro played the final 23 minutes shorthanded after a red card to defender Dionicio Escalante in the 67th minute.
The win leaves Santos Laguna at 2-1-0 and seven points. The Gallos Blancos fall to 1-1-2 (4).
Jaguares 4, Puebla 2
Carlos Ochoa scored two goals in 11 minutes to lead Jaguares to a 4-2 win over Puebla Sunday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
All six of the game’s goals came after halftime, starting with Ochoa’s icebreaker in the 48th minute. Puebla defender Diego de Buen put the ball into his own net to leave his team down by two in the 52nd, but Alfredo Moreno took the point back two minutes later, cutting Jaguares’ lead to 2-1. Mendoza’s second strike, in the 59th minute, turned out to be the game-winner, and Lucas Viatri padded the lead with a penalty kick in the 70th.
Moreno gave Puebla (0-3-1, 3 pts) the last word with a goal in the 72nd minute, but La Franja’s fate was sealed.
Jaguares improve to 1-3-0 and six points.
Tigres 2, Pumas 0
Tigres got into the win column on Sunday, shutting out UNAM Pumas 2-0 at Estadio Universitario.
Danilo Veron opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, tapping in a follow-up shot off Alan Pulido’s rebound. Damian Alvarez closed things out in the 58th.
Tigres improve to 1-0-3 (3 pts), while Pumas fall to 0-2-2 (2).
Chivas 1, Atlante 0
Rafael Marquez Lugo scored the only goal Chivas de Guadalajara needed to slip past Atlante 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Marquez beat netminder Yosgart Gutierrez in the 58th minute. Carlos Calvert had Atlante’s best chance of the day, hitting the crossbar while the game was still scoreless.
Chivas improve to 1-1-1 and four points, while the Potros remain winless at 0-1-3 (1).