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September 2, 2013
Match Day 8 roundup

Morelia 4, Pachuca 1
Morelia scored three goals in the first 18 minutes on their way to a 4-1 win over Pachuca Friday at Estadio Morelos.

Enrique Perez put Monarcas on the board off a corner kick in the ninth minute. Hector Mancilla netted the game-winner in the 11th, and Jose Maria Cardenas made the score 3-0 seven minutes later, with a stunning solo effort that started when he forced a turnover near midfield.

Duvier Riascos slipped a header past Morelia ‘keeper Federico Vilar in the closing seconds of the half, but Edgar Andrade restored the three-goal margin with a 66th-minute free kick.

Monarcas are second in the Apertura standings at 5-1-2 and 16 points. Pachuca are in the 11th spot at 2-3-3 (9).

Leon 2, Santos Laguna 0
#3 Leon (4-4-0, 16 pts) shut out Santos Laguna 2-0 Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.

Mauro Boselli scored the game-winner in the 39th minute, heading a shot past diving netminder Oswaldo Sanchez, and Matias Britos added an insurance goal in the 79th, redirecting Franco Arizala’s cross over the goal line from close range.

The Guerreros are in seventh place at 3-3-1 and 12 points.

Queretaro 2, Cruz Azul 0
Queretaro got goals from Esteban Paredes and Luis Lorona on their way to a 2-0 win over Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Paredes delivered the win from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, after a foul in the box by Gerardo Torrado, then set up Lorona to make the score 2-0 in the 37th.

The win leaves Queretaro eighth on the table at 3-3-2 and 12 points. Sixth-place Cruz Azul all to 4-1-3 (13).

Veracruz 1, Tigres 1
Cristian Martinez scored in stoppage time to lift Veracruz (3-4-1) into a 1-1 draw with Tigres (2-2-3) Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.

The Tiburones Rojas put themselves down by a goal in the 39th minute, when Leiton Jimenez put the ball into his own net while attempting to block an attempt by Lucas Lobos.

Martinez, who entered the match in the 56th minute, teamed with fellow substitute Cristian Llama on the equalizing goal. Llama controlled the ball and dished off to Martinez for the finish.

Monterrey 0, Atlas 0
Monterrey and Atlas both finished with ten men while playing to a scoreless tie Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.

The draw gave new coach Jose Guadaloupe Cruz a point in his debut behind the Monterrey bench, while robbing Atlas of their first win of the season.

The Zorros had two goals called back for offside. Monterrey threatened in the closing seconds, but Jose Maria Basanta’s shot went just wide of the right post.

The Zorros gained a man advantage in the 61st minute, when Rayados defender Severo Meza drew a straight red card. Fifteen minutes later, Facundo Erpen was sent off for Atlas, leaving the teams to finish 10-on-10.

The Rayados are 14th on the table at 1-4-3 and seven points, one place and two points ahead of the Zorros (0-5-3, 5).

Jaguares 3, Tijuana 1
Jaguares staked shorthanded Tijuana to an early goal, then roared back for a 3-1 win Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.

The match was interrupted for a time in the first half due to lightning.

Javier Guemez gave the Xolos, who played virtually the entire match shorthanded after a second-minute red card to captain Javier Gondolfi, a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Lucas Viatri equalized with a header in the 44th, and Mauricio Romero scored the game-winner in the 70th. Martin Zuniga’s stoppage-time header off David Mendieta’s cross made the score 3-1.

The win was only the second of the season for Jaguares (2-5-1, 11 pts). Xolos fall to 2-2-3 (8).

Puebla 1, Atlante 0
Matias Alustiza scored in the 57th minute to lift Puebla over Atlante 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

Alustiza redirected Alfredo Moreno’s cross off the post and into the net to seal the victory.

Atlante pressed hard for their first win of the season, with Roberto Nanni getting a header through to netminder Jorge Villalpando in the 26th minute and Angel Sepulveda forcing another save in first-half stoppage time. Ezequiel Miralles had the Potros last crack at goal in the 90th minute, but Villalpando once again made the save.

Puebla improve to 2-4-2 and ten points, tenth in the standings. Atlante trail the Apertura pack with two points from eight games (0-2-6).

Chivas 0, Toluca 0
Chivas de Guadalajara and Toluca battled to a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.

The 16th-place Herd (1-2-4, 5 pts) tried to put their stamp on the game early, with Rafael Marquez forcing Diablos goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera to parry a shot over the bar seconds into the match. Marquez had an even better opportunity in the 41st minute, when Toluca defender Francisco Gamboa high-booted Aldo Di Nigris in the face, but Talavera was once again up to the challenge and blocked the spot kick.

The result leaves fourth-place Toluca at 3-4-1 and 13 points.

America 4, Pumas 1
Club America (5-1-0) cruised past Pumas 4-1, and into first place in the Apertura standings, Monday at rainy Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

Three of the Aguilas goals came in an eight minute span of the first half, starting with Miguel Layun’s 27th minute strike. Juan Carlos Valenzuela made the score 2-0 with a header off a corner kick in the 30th, and Luis Angel Mendoza increased the lead yet again in the 35thwith a wide-open shot off Luis Gabriel Rey’s set-up pass.

Rey closed out America’s scoring in the 65th minute. Martin Bravo snagged a rebound to save winless Pumas (0-4-4) from the shutout in the 78th minute.

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