September 7, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 9 roundup
Queretaro 1, Puebla 0
Diego de la Torre scored in the 47th minute to lift Queretaro over Puebla 1-0 Saturday at Estadio La Corregidora.
The Gallos Blancos absorbed some early pressure, but also provided the gameís first real danger moment in a 15th minute shot by Luis Lorona that crashed off the crossbar. Five minutes later, Esteban Paredes caught Puebla netminder Jorge Villalpando out of position, but defender Oscar Rojas backtracked to head the shot off the goal line.
Finally, in the second minute after the intermission, de la Torre found the back of the net with a sharp volley. Queretaro hit the post twice more before the final whistle, but settled for the 1-0 result.
Queretaro finish the week in fifth place at 4-3-2 and 15 points. La Franja fall to 2-4-3 (10)
America 1, Monterrey 0
Luis Gabriel Rey converted a penalty kick in the 87th minute to give Club America a 1-0 win over Monterrey Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Rayados netminder Juan de Dios Ibarra kept his team in the game early, coming up with clutch saves on Miguel Layun in the 18th minute and Erick Pimentel in the 32nd. He also stopped an acrobatic shot by Paul Aguilar after the hour mark, but was left helpless when defender Ricardo Osorio handled Pimentelís shot inside the penalty area, sending Rey to the spot.
America top the Apertura table at 6-1-0 and 10 points. Monterrey are in 14th place at 1-4-4 (7).
Atlante 2, Morelia 2
Atlante and Morelia traded goals on their way to a 2-2 tie Saturday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Roberto Nanni gave the Potros a 1-0 lead with a 25th minute penalty kick,after being fouled in the box by Enrique Perez, but Hector Mancillaís 32nd-minute header left the score tied 1-1 at the intermission. Manuel Vela restored Atlanteís slim advantage off a counterattack in the 53rd minute, but Monarcas rallied once again, getting the 2-2 equalizer from Joel Huiqui with a header off a corner kick.
Mancilla had a chance to deliver the win to Morelia, but could not get his 35th-minute penalty kick past netminder Yosgart Gutierrez.
Atlante (0-3-6) remain at the bottom of the standings with three points. Morelia are two points behind league-leaders America at 5-2-2 (17).
Pachuca 0, Pumas 0
Pachuca and Pumas battled to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The best chance to break the deadlock came in the 70th minute, when Tuzos forward Fernando Cavenaghi cracked a shot off the bar.
The result leaves Pachuca 11th in the standings at 2-4-3 (10 pts), and Pumas (0-5-4) in 17th place with five points.
Tigres 3, Chivas 3
Tigres (2-3-3) came up with three late goals to salvage a 3-3 tie with Chivas de Guadalajara (1-3-4) Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Chivas appeared to be cruising to their second win of the Apertura, getting unanswered goals from Aldo Di Nigris in the fourth minute, Marco Fabian in the 52nd and Carlos Fierro in the 62nd.
Alan Pulido started Tigresí comeback in the 75th minute. After a foul in the box by Lucas Lobos, Juninho buried a penalty kick in the 80th to make it a one-goal game, and Manuel Viniegra leveled the score in the 85th.
Tijuana 3, Veracruz 0
Tijuana got two goals from Fidel Martinez on their way to a 3-0 win over Apertura newcomers Veracruz Saturday at Estadio Caliente.
Martinez scored in the 34th and 65th minutes, sandwiching a strike from Pablo Aguilar in the 38th. The first goal developed off a steal at midfield by Christian Pellerano. The ball filtered through Diego Orsina and on to Martinez for an easy tap-in. Four minutes later, Aguilar doubled Xolosí lead with a free kick. Martinez closed out the scoring from distance.
Xolos (3-2-3) pulled into a tie on points with Veracruz (3-4-1) at 13.
Jaguares 1, Leon 0
Jaguares notched their first road win of the Apertura season on Saturday, beating Leon 1-0 in driving rain at Estadio Nou Camp.
Carlos Ochoa scored the only goal of the match, a penalty kick in the 42nd minute after he was fouled by goalkeeper William Yarbrough.
Leonís best chance to equalize also came from the penalty spot, but Chiapas netminder Oscar Jimenez dove to stop a 73rd-minute attempt by Matias Britos.
Jaguares improve to 3-5-1 and 14 points, good for sixth place in the standings. Leon fall to third with 16 points (4-4-1).
Atlas 2, Santos Laguna 2
Atlas and Santos Laguna battled to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Omar Bravo scored both goals for the Zorros, a left-footer in the eighth minute and penalty kick in the 80th. Santos rallied twice to equalize, with Javier Orozco knotting the score 1-1 in the 74th minute and Rafael Figueroa heading home the 2-2 equalizer in the 84th.
Atlas remain well back in the standings at 0-6-3 and six points, while the Guerreros are in eighth place at 3-4-1 (13).
Cruz Azul 2, Toluca 1
Goalkepeer Guillermo Allison saved Juan Carlos Cachoís stoppage-time penalty kick to preserve Cruz Azulís 2-1 win over Toluca Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
La Maquina got off to a shaky start, with defensive errors leading to a first-minute goal by Cacho.
The tide turned for Cruz Azul in the second half, starting in the 52nd minute, when Mariano Pavone ran on to a through ball in the box, spun past a defender and left-footed a shot past Diablos netminder Cesar Lozano.
Twenty minutes later, Alejandro Castro drilled the game-winning shot from outside the penalty area.
Cruz Azul (5-1-3) are fourth on the table with 16 points, while the Diablos Rojos are seventh at 3-4-2 (14).