September 22, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 11 roundup
Monterrey 3, Morelia 1
Luis Madrigal led the way with a brace as Monterrey roared past Apertura leaders Morelia 3-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
The Rayados scored all three of their goals in a 28-minute span of the second half, starting with Madrigal’s first strike, a right-footer in the 48th minute. Seven minutes later, he made the score 2-0 after a strong solo drive up the middle. Aldo Leao took one back for Monarcas with a shot to the upper left corner in the 66th minute, before Alejandro Garcia came off the bench for Lucas Silva and, after barely two minutes on the field, restored the two-goal advantage in the 76th.
Morelia have won two straight, and improve to 6-2-3, in third place with 20 points. Monterrey are 12th on the table at 3-4-4 (13).
Tijuana 0, Cruz Azul 0
Tijuana and Cruz Azul played to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Caliente.
The match got off to a lively start, with Tijuana’s Dario Benedetto and La Maquina’s Mariano Pavone trading shots within the first two minutes. But most of the match was contested at midfield, with neither team breaking through.
The result leaves La Maquina (5-2-4) in eighth place with 17 points. The Xolos are tenth on the table at 3-4-3 (13).
America 3, Jaguares 1
Club America routed Jaguares 3-1 Saturday at rainy Estadio Azteca.
Rubens Sambueza opened the scoring for the Aguilas in the 19th minute, blasting a shot to the upper right corner. Miguel Layun bent a free kick into the net to make the score 2-0 in the 50th, and Raul Jimenez latched onto Layun’s rebound for another America goal in the 68th.
Carlos Ochoa saved Jaguares from the shutout with 71st-minute strike.
America take over first place on the Apertura table at 7-1-1 with 22 points. Seventh-place Jaguares fall to 4-5-2 (17).
Atlante 1, Pumas 0
Hector Morales scored in stoppage time to give shorthanded Atlante their first Apertura victory, 1-0 over Pumas Saturday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
The Potros were left with ten men after Mauricio Romero was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off in the 58th minute. Morales snapped the scoreless tie with a desperation shot from distance.
The win lifts Atlante (1-3-7, 6 pts) out of the Apertura cellar, with Pumas (0-5-6, 5) falling to rock bottom.
Pachuca 1, Santos Laguna 1
Eduaro Herrera scored in the second minute of stoppage time to lift Santos Laguna into a 1-1 tie with Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The Tuzos led for most of the match after Ezequiel Cavanaghi scored in the 24th minute, off a 30-yard service from Walter Ayovi that was redirected to Cavanaghi by Daniel Arreola.
Andres Renteria came close to equalizing for the Guerreros in the 75th minute, picking off a bad clearing pass and hitting the right post, then sending the rebound over the bar. Herrera saved the day for Santos with seconds left to play, off an assist from Darwin Quintero.
Fourteenth-place Pachuca close out Week 11 at 2-5-4 and 11 points, while the sixth-place Guerreros (4-5-1) are one of four teams with 17 points.
Tigres 0, Puebla 0
Tigres and Puebla played to a 0-0 tie Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Tigres seized the early momentum, with Lucas Lobos and Alan Pulido challenging Puebla netminder Jorge Villalpando. By the half-hour mark, the Tuzos found some momentum, with Gustavo Alustiza sending ‘keeper Enrique Palos diving to one-hand a shot away from the net. Alustiza also forced Palos into a save in the closing seconds of the half.
Tigres had the best chances of the second stanza, both in the 54th minute, when Danilinho sent a shot off the bar and Pulido missed high off the rebound.
The result leaves Tigres in 11th place at 3-4-3 and 13 points, two spots ahead of Puebla (2-6-3, 12).
Leon 2, Chivas 1
Leon scored two early goals and held on for a 2-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Hernan Burbano gave the Esmeraldas a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute, after defender Victor Perales coughed up the ball in the backfield, and Luis Montes made the score 2-0 in the 37th.
Rafael Marquez Lugo, who replaced Perales at halftime, took one back for The Herd in the 51st, getting open to receive a set-up pass from Carlos Fierro.
Leon are second in the standings at 6-4-1 and 22 points, a tiebreaker behind Apertura leaders Club America. Chivas are 15th on the table with 7 points from their first ten games (1-4-5).
Atlas 3, Veracruz 3
Atlas rallied from two goals – and two men -- down to salvage a 3-3 draw with Veracruz Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Vicente Matias Vuoso started the comeback with a shot in the 76th minute, and Edson Rivera knotted the score in the fourth minute of stoppage time, off a pass from Omar Bravo.
The Tiburones Rojos kept the upper hand for most of the match, starting with a go-ahead spot kick by Angel Reyna in the 28th minute, eight minutes after Zorros defender Flavio Santos was shown a straight red card. It was Reyna’s league-leading eighth goal of the season. Bravo equalized for Atlas with the game’s second pk, in the 36th, and failed to convert on another as the half drew to a close. Veracruz pulled away after the break with tallies by Cristian Martinez in the 47th minute and Jesus Sanchez five minutes later.
Lucas Ayala received the Zorros’ second red card of the match, in the 85th minute.
Atlas remain winless at 0-7-4 and seven points. Veracruz (3-5-3) are three points out of playoff position with 14.
Toluca 4, Queretaro 0
Raul Nava’s early brace was only the beginning as Toluca battered Queretaro 4-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Nava opened the scoring in the fifth minute, then made the score 3-0 in the 33rd off an assist from Edgar Benitez.
Barely a minute later, Isaac Brizuela roofed a shot from the edge of the penalty area to open up a 3-0 Diablos lead, and Paulo da Silva added a late capper with nine minutes left on the clock.
Toluca (4-5-2, 17 pts) close to within a point of fourth-place Queretaro (5-3-3, 18).