August 25, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 7 roundup
Tijuana 1, Santos Laguna 1
Jesus Escoboza scored in the 88th minute to lift Santos Laguna into a 1-1 tie with Tijuana Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Tijuana took a 1-0 lead when Fidel Martinez scored seconds after halftime, with a shot off the fingertips of netminder Oswaldo Sanchez. Escoboza tapped home the equalizer after ‘keeper Cirilo Saucedo was unable to hang on to Oribe Peralta’s shot.
The result leaves Santos Laguna sixth on the Apertura tble at 3-3-0 and 12 points. Tijuana are in tenth place at 2-2-2 (8).
Queretaro 2, Chivas 0
Queretaro took advantage of an error-prone Chivas defense to take a 2-0 win Saturday at Estadio (Q).
Luiz de Souza opened the scoring with a header in the 12th minute. Esteban Paredes closed things out in the 33rd.
Aldo di Nigris had Guadalajara’s best chance to tighten things up, but hit the post with a header late in the second half.
The Gallos Blancos are eighth in the standings at 2-3-2 and nine points. The Herd (1-1-4) fall for the fourth time in six games, and are 16th in the standings with four points.
America 3, Morelia 1
Luis Angel Mendoza had two goals and an assist, all in the second half, to lift Club America over Morelia 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Raul Jimenez staked the Aguilas to a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute, off a pinpoint service from Mendoza. Mendoza’s 61st-minute goal, after an impressive solo run, gave America enough of a cushion to prevail despite Edgar Andrade’s free kick strike for Monarcas in the 68th. Mendoza caught netminder Fededrico Vilar off his line to close out the scoring in the 81st.
America (4-1-0) and Morelia (4-1-2) are among four teams tied at the top of the league table with 13 points.
Atlante 1, Pachuca 1
A late penalty allowed Atlante to salvage their second point of the Apertura with a 1-1 draw against Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Pachuca led for most of the match, after Daniel Luduena took a pass from Rodolfo Pizarro and scored in the ninth minute. Roberto Nanni leveled the score from the penalty spot in the 82nd, after Angel Sepulveda was taken down in the box.
Atlante remain winless – and last in the standings – at 0-2-5 and two points. Ninth-place Pachuca have nine points (2-3-2).
Tigres 2, Jaguares 2
Second-half goals by Mauricio Romero lifted Jaguares into a 2-2 tie with Tigres Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Tigres dominated the first half, running up a 2-0 lead on goals by Damian Alvarez in the 14th minute and Alan Pulido in the 42nd. Alvarez was on the end of Danilinho’s pass to the far post, and Pulido connected seven minutes after entering the match for Emanuel Villa.
Romero connected with a 68th-minute leader and game-tying left-footer in the 84th .
The draw leaves Chiapas in 11th place at 1-5-1 and eight points, one more point than Tigres (2-1-3).
Leon 3, Monterrey 1
Leon stayed even with the Apertura leaders by defeating Monterrey 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Monterrey coach Victor Manuel Vucetich was fired after the loss.
Mauro Boselli scored twice for the Esmeraldas, a penalty kick to tie the score 1-1 in the 55th minute, and the 80th-minute game-winner. Franco Arizala closed out the scoring in the 84th minute. The last two goals came with a man advantage, after Monterrey’s Omar Arellano was red-carded in the 61st minute.
Humberto Suazo scored for the Rayados, taking a short service after Arellano won a 50-50 ball from netminder William Yarbrough, in the 23rd minute.
Leon (3-4-0) are one of four teams with 13 points, while the Rayados are 14th on the table at 1-3-3 (6).
Atlas 1, Pumas 1
Atlas and Pumas traded goals on either side of halftime on their way to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Jalisco.
Ariel Nahuelpan gave Pumas a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, burying a header off a free kick by Javier Cortes. Omar Bravo countered for the Zorros in the 52nd with a long right-footer.
Both teams are winless at 0-4-3.
Toluca 3, Veracruz 1
Toluca notched their third win of the Apertura tournament, 3-1 over newcomers Veracruz, Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Toluca took the lead with Isaac Brizuela’s 23rd-minute goal, and never trailed. Oscar Moscarro snagged a loose ball and tied the score for Veracruz in the 43rd minute, but Richard Ortiz responded for the Diablos off a rebound in the 50th. Pablo Velasquez added an insurance goal in the 69th after a solo breakaway into the box.
Toluca improve to 3-3-1 and 12 points. The Tiburones Rojos fall to 3-3-1 (12).
Cruz Azul 2, Puebla 1
Cruz Azul came up with two late goals to nip Puebla 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Michael Orozco Fiscal gave Puebla the early advantage, scoring off Matias Alustiza’s free kick in the 27th minute. Hugo Pavone equalized in the 79th, with an assist from Sergio Napoles, and Joao Rojas delivered the win to La Maquina eight minutes later.
Cruz Azul improve to 4-1-2 and 13 points. La Franja fall to 1-4-2 (7).