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LIGA MX

August 11, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 5 roundup


Tijuana 2, Pumas 0
Raul Enriquez had a goal and an assist as Tijuana defeated Pumas 2-0 Friday at Estadio Caliente.

Enriquez won the ball in the penalty area and dished off to Fidel Martinez for the game-winning finish in the ninth minute, then doubled the Xolos’ lead with a header off a corner kick in the 58th. Pumas played the final 16 minutes shorthanded after midfielder Candido Tamirez was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off. The expulsion came just two minutes after Javier Cortez gave Pumas their best chance to score, sending Xolos ‘keeper Cirilo Saucedo diving to pick off a dangerous free kick.

Tijuana improve to 2-1-1 and seven points, while struggling UNAM falls to 0-2-3 (2).

Queretaro 1, Jaguares 1
Carlos Ochoa’s stoppage-time penalty kick lifted Jaguares into a 1-1 tie with Queretaro Saturday at Estadio La Corregidora.

Ochoa’s spot kick, awarded after a red-card foul by Queretaro’s Diego de la Torre, countered a 26th-minute goal by Gallos Blancos midfielder Estaban Paredes, and saved Jaguares (1-4-0) from their first loss of the season. Queretaro’s scoring play started upfield with a long service from Yasser Corona, who found Wilberto Cosme on the left flank. Cosme sent a low cross into the six-yard box, leaving Paredes with an easy tap-in.

Queretaro close out week 5 at 1-2-2 and five points.

Cruz Azul 3, Chivas 1
Joao Rojas led the way with two goals as Cruz Azul rolled past Chivas de Guadalajara 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Rojas opened the scoring on a 35th minute counterattack, then netted the game-winner in the 78th, after Luis Perea was whistled for a handball in the box allowing Rafael Marquez Lugo to level the score for Chivas with a 51st minute penalty kick. Jeronimo Amione, who also had the game-winning assist, added an insurance goal with seven minutes left on the clock.

La Maquina improve to 2-1-2, and are one of four teams with seven points. The Herd fall to 1-1-2 (4).

Tigres 3, Monterrey 1
Alan Pulido’s first-half brace led Tigres to a 3-1 win over Monterrey Saturday at Estadio Universitario.

Pulido staked Tigres to 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, with a header off a cross from Jesus Duenas, then snapped a 1-1 tie with the game-winner in the 39th, converting off the corner after Carlos Salcido’s shot was blocked out by netminder Jonthan Orozco. Lucas Lobos closed out the UANL scoring in the 81st. Shortly after, Rayados halftime substitute Bernardo Hernandez received a straight red card and was sent off.

Humberto Suazo netted Monterrey’s 1-1 equalizer in the 22nd minute, off an assist by Dorlan Pabon.

Tigres improve to 2-0-2 and six points, while Monterrey remain winless at 0-3-2 (3).

America 4, Atlante 2
Club America exploded for four goals in a 19-minute span of the second half to roar past Atlante 4-2 Saturday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
The Potros led 1-0 after Jorge Garcia scored off a rebound in the 58th minute. Francisco Rodriguez knotted the score 1-1 with a header in the 67th minute, and Narciso Mina left America up 2-1 two minutes later. Atlante’s Diego Jimenez threw the match into a short-lived 2-2 tie from distance in the 74th minute, but five minutes later, the Potros surrendered what turned out to be the deciding penalty kick to Raul Jimenez. Atlante’s Luis Venegas collected his second yellow card and was ejected in the 84th minute, and it took only two minutes for the Aguilas to capitalize, with a goal by Andres Andrade.

America improve to 2-1-0, seven points and sixth place in the Apertura standings. The Potros trail the pack at 0-1-4 (1).

Leon 0, Morelia 0
Second-place Morelia battled #3 Leon to a scoreless tie Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.

Matias Britos has a pair of early chances to give Leon the lead, but had a shot saved off the goal line by defender Joel Huiqui the first minute, and missed just wide later in the first half.

The result leaves Monarcas at 3-1-1 with ten points, one more than the Esmereldas (2-3-0).

Atlas 1, Pachuca 1
Matias Vuoso scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 tie for Atlas against favored Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.

Fernando Cavenaghi gave the Tuzos a 1-0 advantage in the 61st minute. Rodolfo Pizarro received the ball from Daniel Luduena and relayed it to Cavenaghi for the finish. Cavenaghi had thre more chanced to deliver the game to Pachuca, but was thwarted each time by Zorros netminder Miguel Pinto. Vuoso snatched the point for Atlas in the third minute of stoppage time, and was promptly yellow-carded for excessive celebration.

Pachuca remain fifth in the Apertura standings at 2-2-1 and eight points. The draw gave Atlas (0-3-2) their third point of the season.

Toluca 2, Santos Laguna 2
Toluca played Santos Laguna to a 2-2 draw Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Carlos Esquivel’s 13th-minute goal gave Toluca a 1-0 lead that lasted well into the second half before Javier Orozco put the Guerreros on the board in the 65th minute, snagging the rebound after Oribe Peralta’s shot was blocked by netminder Alfredo Talavera. Nestor Calderon gave Santos Laguna a 2-1 advantage ten minutes later, wth a hard shot from the left side, but Edy Brambila came off the bench to salvage a point for the Diablos in the 89th.

The draw leaves Santos Laguna fourth on the table at 2-2-0 and eight points, and Toluca at 1-3-1 (6).

Puebla 0, Veracruz 0
Puebla held first-place Veracruz to a scoreless draw to close out week 5 of the Apertura campaign Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

Puebla’s Felix Borja had the game’s best scoring chance, coming up with the ball after a defensive error in the 57th minute, but missed the mark after breaking in alone on Veracruz ‘keeper Edgar Hernandez. Angel Reyna squandered a similarly golden chance for the visitors ten minutes later, missing just wide of the near post.

The result leaves the Tiburones Rojos (3-2-0, 11 pts)with a slim one-point lead over Morelia at the top of the table. Winless Puebla improve to 0-4-1 (4).


 
 
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