September 15, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 10 roundup
Queretaro 1, Atlante 0
Luis Lorona scored in the 73rd minute to give Queretaro their fourth straight win, 1-0 over Atlante Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Queretaro dominated possession throughout but were frustrated by the Atlante defense for most of the match. Indeed, the Potros’ Roberto Nanni had one of the game’s first solid scoring chances, in the 60th minute. But Atlante’s defense finally cracked thirteen minutes later, when Alex Diego tried to chest down a cross from Queretaro’s George Corral, but instead deflected into Lorona’s path for an easy finish.
The victory moves the Gallos Blancos into fourth place in the Apertura standings at 5-3-2 and 18 points. The last-place Potros fall to 0-3-7 (3).
Santos Laguna 2, America 1
Santos Laguna handed second-place Club America first loss of the Apertura, 2-1, Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
The Aguilas took control early, on a 13th-minute rocket by Raul Jimenez. Oribe Peralta latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area and leveled the score in the 49th. Mauro Cejas delivered the win to Santos with a left-footer in the 60th.
The Guerreros improve to 4-4-1 and 16 points. America finish Week 10 one point behind league leaders Morelia at 6-1-1 (19).
Tigres 1, Cruz Azul 0
Juninho’s 43rd-minute strike was the only goal Tigres needed to nail down a 1-0 road win over Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Azul.
The Tigres striker was poaching off the left post and had a tap-in finish off a cross from the left wing.
Tigres (3-3-3, 12 pts) held on to the slim advantage despite losing defender Carlos Salcido to a red card in the 52nd minute.
The loss drops La Maquina to 5-1-4 and 16 points.
Leon 1, Veracruz 0
Hernan Burbano scored in the fifth minute, and Leon held on for a 1-0 win over Veracruz Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Burbano whipped a sharp left-footed shot into the net for the game’s only goal. William Yarbrough was sharp in goal for Leon, but Veracruz also failed to capitalize on several golden scoring chances. Luis Sanchez and Cristian Martinez missed clear opportunities in the first half, and Angel Reyna sent a 10-yard shot wide in the 50th minute.
The victory gives the Esmeraldas third place in the Apertura standings at 5-4-1 and 19 points. The Tiburones Rojos fall to 3-4-3 (13).
Monterrey 1, Pachuca 0
Monterrey picked up their second win of the season on Saturday, edging Pachuca 1-0 at rain-soaked Estadio Tecnologico.
Pachuca took the early initiative, with Fernando Cavenaghi sending ‘keeper Jonathan Orozco soaring to make a save in the 29th minute to keep the game scoreless until Neri Cardozo’s 43rd-minute game-winner. Cardozo scored from well outside the penalty area, off a pass from Marlon de Jesus.
Orozco came up with another clutch save in the 80th minute, picking off a shot by Duvier Riascos that was head into the lower corner.
The result leaves both teams at 2-4-4 with ten points.
Jaguares 3, Atlas 0
Jaguares cruised to a 3-0 win over Atlas Sunday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Ramon Mendieta opened the scoring in the fifth minute. David Toledo doubled Jaguares’ lead on a counterattack in the 11th, and Luis Rodriguez, whose cross set the table for Mendieta’s game-winner, made the score 3-0 on a breakaway in the 30th.
Chiapas are fifth on the table at 4-5-1 and 17 points. The Zorros remain winless at 0-6-4 (6 pts).
Morelia 1, Pumas 0
Morelia took over first place in the Apertura standings with Sunday’s 1-0 win over Pumas at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Hector Mancilla snapped the scoreless tie in the 64th minute, beating netminder Enrique Palacios one-on-one.
Monarcas improve to 6-2-2 and 20 points, while #17 Pumas fall to 0-5-5 (5).
Puebla 1, Toluca 1
Alfredo Talavera’s 89th-minute free kick lifted Toluca into a 1-1 tie with Puebla Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Diego de Buen gave Puebla a 1-0 lead from distance in the closing seconds of the first half. Netminder Jorge Villalpando protected the lead with a difficult save on Pablo Velasquez’s 52nd-minute free kick, and got some help from the post on Wilson Tiago’s follow-up, but could not stop Talavera’s pk after defender Oscar Rojas was whistled for a handball in the penalty area.
The result leaves La Franja at 2-5-3 and 11 points, and Toluca at 3-5-2 (14).
Chivas 2, Tijuana 2
Chivas de Guadalajara blew an early one-goal lead, but rallied to a 2-2 tie with Tijuana Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Hector Reynoso opened the scoring for Chivas in the 13th minute, heading a corner kick service past netminder Cirilo Saucedo. Aldo Polo beat an offside trap to level the score for the Xolos in the 33rd, and Fidel Martinez snagged a rebound to give Tijuana a 2-1 lead in the 59th.
Marco Fabian salvaged the point for Chivas with an 83rd-minute free kick goal.
Chivas remain 15th in the 18-team Apertura field at 1-4-4 and seven points. Tenth-place Tijuana close out Week 10 at 3-4-3 (13).