August 18, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 6 roundup
Morelia 2, Atlas 0
Morelia got late goals from Rodrigo Salinas and Aldo Leao to pull away from Atlas 2-0 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Salinas opened the scoring in the 70th minute. Leao, whose through ball from near midfield sprung Salinas for the game-winner, doubled Monarcas’ lead nine minutes later.
The win lifted Morelia to the top of the table with 13 points (4-1-1). The Zorros remain winless at 0-3-3 (3).
Santos Laguna 3, Tigres 0
Oribe Peralta scored two goals and assisted on a third as Santos Laguna blanked Tigres 3-0 Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Peralta scored in the 36th and 69th minutes, heading home a free kick and then completing a counterattack. In the 59th minute, he dished off to Nestor Calderon for the Guerreros’ second score.
Santos (3-2-0) finish Week 6 in third place with 11 points. Tigres fall to 2-0-3 (6).
Veracruz 0, Queretaro 0
Twelfth-place Queretaro played #2 Veracruz to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Victor Pirata Fuente.
Goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez came up big for Veracruz, soaring to pick off a dangerous shot by Esteban Paredes before the intermission, then diving to stop Angel Reyna’s attempt in the 59th minute.
The Tiburones Rojos finish the week at 3-3-0 and 12 points. Queretaro improve to 1-3-2 (6).
Cruz Azul 1, Atlante 0
Christian Jimemez buried a free kick in the 28th minute, and Cruz Azul held on for a 1-0 win over Atlante Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Chaco’s free kick deflected off the Atlante wall and out of reach of goalkeeper Yosgart Gutierrez.
La Maquina (3-1-2, 10 pts) protected the lead despite playing shorthanded for the final 16 minutes, after Jair Pereira received his second yellow card and was sent off.
The Potros continue to trail the Apertura field at 0-1-5 and one point.
Club America 1, Pachuca 0
Raul Jimenez did the scoring honors as Club America edged Pachuca 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Jimenez scored with a header off a corner kick.
Pachuca were unable to rally despite having a man advantage for 31 minutes after a 49th-minute red card to America’s Rubens Sambueza. Their best chance came early when Duvier Riascos cracked a shot off the bar in the seventh minute.
The Aguilas are fourth in the standings at 3-1-0 and 10 points, with two games in hand. The Tuzos (2-2-2) sit eighth with eight points.
Monterrey 2, Tijuana 1
Monterrey notched their first win of the season on Saturday, edging Tijuana 2-1 at Estadio Tecnologico.
Neri Cardozo gave the Rayados a 1-0 lead in the 77th minute, off Omar Arellano’s assist. Paul Arriola drew the Xolos level in the 87th, only to see Humberto Suazo dash their comeback hopes with an 89th-minute game-winner for Monterrey.
The Xolos dominated much of the play, but were unable to get past netminder Jonathan Orozco. The Monterrey ‘keeper stopped a couple of dangerous first-half shots by Joe Corona.
The Rayados improve to 1-3-2 and six points. Tijuana fall to 2-1-2 (7).
Toluca 4, Jaguares 0
Pablo Velasquez had a hat trick as Toluca romped past Jaguares Sunday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Velasquez scored in the 19th, 25th and 64th minutes, while Antonio Naelson “Sinha” rounded out the scoring in the 40th. Isaac Brizela set up the first goal, and the second came from the penalty spot. Sinha threaded his way through the Chiapas defense from near midfield before making the score 3-0, and got the assist as Velasquez completed his hat trick.
The Diablos Rojos take over seventh place at 2-3-1 and nine points. Jaguares are in 11th place at 14-1 (7).
Pumas 1, Leon 1
Miscues were the order of the day as Pumas and Leon played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Ariel Nehuelpan put Pumas on the board from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, after being fouled by Nacho Gonzalez.
Marco Palacios put Leon back into the game with an own goal in the 27th, and the deadlock held through the final whistle.
Pumas remain near the bottom of the Apertura standings with three points from six games (0-3-3). The Esmereldas are in sixth place at 2-4-0 (10).
Puebla 4, Chivas 2
Puebla won their first match of the season on Sunday, 4-2 over Chivas de Guadalajara at Estadio Omnilife.
Puebla rallied twice to tie in the first half, with Jesus Chavez knotting the score at 1-1 after Antonio Gallardo staked Chivas to an early lead, and Alfredo Moreno connecting seconds before the intermission to counter Rafael Marquez Lugo’s go-ahead goal in the 36th minute.
The game-winner for Puebla, however, came off the boot of a Chivas player, Kristian Alvarez, who deflected Damarcus Beasley’s cross into his own net in the 67th minute. Gustavo Alustiza gave Puebla a little breathing room with an 82nd minute goal.
La Franja are in the middle of the Apertura pack at 1-4-1 and seven points, while Chivas (1-1-3, 4 pts) languish in 15th place.