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September 29, 2013
Match Day 12 roundup

Queretaro 2, Tigres 2
Tigres scored two goals in six minutes to rally to a 2-2 draw with Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.

The Gallos Blancos led 1-0 at halftime after a picturebook 23rd-minute strike by Diego de la Torre, who volleyed the ball home from the center of the arc. Wilberto Cosme made the score 2-0 with a shorthanded goal in the 67th, 12 minutes after Amaury Escoto was sent off for a violent tackle.

Lucas Lobos started Tigres’ comeback in the 70th minute, off a quick cross from the right flank, and Carlos Salcido netted the 2-2 equalizer off a rebound in the 76th.

Queretaro are eighth in the standings at 5-4-3 and 19 points, two places ahead of Tigres (3-5-3, 14).

Santos Laguna 3, Morelia 1
Santos Laguna rallied to a 3-1 win over Morelia Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.

Jose Cardenas gave Monarcas an early 1-0 lead, scoring in the sixth minute after being sprung by a pinpoint pass from Aldo Leao. But Santos responded quickly with goals from Rodolfo Salinas in the tenth minute, Darwin Quintero in the 29th and Oribe Peralta in the 34th. Salinas volleyed his 1-1 equalizer into the corner of the net, Quintero connected with a right-side cross for the game-winner, and Peralta added insurance from the penalty spot.

The Guerreros protected the lead through a shorthanded second half, after midfielder Mauro Cejas was red-carded in first-half stoppage time for a studs-up challenge.

Santos Laguna are fourth place at 5-5-1, tied on points with #5 Morelia (6-2-4) at 20.

Cruz Azul 1, Leon 0
Mariano Pavone scored the only goal Cruz Azul needed to defeat Leon 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Pavone took advantage of lax defending to put an open shot past netminder William Yarbrough. Leon managed few serious challenges, one of the best coming early, when Elias Hernandez sent ‘keeper Jesus Corona diving to turn away a long shot.

The win lifted Cruz Azul into seventh place with 20 points (6-2-4). Second-place Leon fall to 6-4-2 (22).

America 1, Veracruz 0
America edged Veracruz 1-0 on a 55th-minute goal by Rubens Sambueza Saturday at Luis Pirata Fuentes.

Raul Jimenez came close to opening America’s scoring account early, but sent a long volley just wide, then hit the post from near the penalty spot. Sambueza finally delivered the win with a long free kick to the upper left corner.

Luis Carlos Tejada came closest to knotting the score for Veracruz, but hit the post.

The win kept the Aguilas (8-1-1, 25 pts) on top of the Apertura standings heading into Week 13. Veracruz sit 11th on the table at 3-5-4 (14).

Pumas 1, Monterrey 0
Luis Garcia snapped a scoreless tie with nine minutes left on the clock to give Pumas their first win of the Apertura, 1-0 over Monterrey Saturday at Estadio Technologico.

The first half was contested mostly at midfield, with neither team managing any serious threats. He Rayados pressed hard coming out of the intermission, but could not beat ‘keeper Alejandro Palacios, who finished with three saves. Meanwhile, Garcia got free against the run of play and scored from ten yards up on the left side.

Pumas vacate the Aperture basement, improving to 1-5-6 and eight points, while Monterrey are 13th at 3-4-5 (13).

Jaguares 2, Pachuca 1
Jaguares slipped past Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.

Aviles Hurtado came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute.

Duvier Riascos put Pachuca on the board with a 13th-minute header, and Lucas Viatri leveled the score for Chiapas in the 36th, with a scissors-kick from the right side.

Tuzos defender Marco Perez kept things level by heading David Mendieta’s shot off the line in the closing seconds of the half. But Hurtado finally broke through with the game-winner, redirecting a cross into the net from close range.

The win leaves Jaguares (5-5-2) sixth in the standings with 20 points. Pachuca are in 14th place at 2-5-5 (11).

Toluca 7, Atlante 1
Raul Nava and Pablo Velasquez each scored twice as Toluca battered Atlante 7-1 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

The Diablos Rojos led 2-0, on goals by Paulo Cesar Da Silva in the third minute and Nava in the 16th, when both teams were reduced to ten men by red cards to Toluca’s Gerardo Rodriguez and the Potros’ Gerardo Venegas. Da Silva scored off a corner kick, and Nava brought the home crowd to its feet, chesting down a service into the box and hammering a shot past ‘keeper Yosgart Gutierrez.

Wilson Tiago made Toluca’s lead 3-0 as the first half wound down, driving in alone from midfield and burying the shot.

Ezequiel Miralles notched Atlante’s only goal seconds after the intermission, nutmegging ‘keeper Alfredo Talavera, but it generated no momentum for the Potros, who conceded a penalty kick converted by Nava to restore Toluca’s three-goal edge. Isaac Brizuela (69) and Velasquez (74, 90+2) closed out the scoring.

Atlante defender Francisco Uscanga earned the game’s third red card in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Toluca are in third place at 5-5-2 and 20 points, and have the league’s best goal differential at +15. Atlante (1-3-8, 6) fall to the bottom of the table.

Puebla 2, Tijuana 0
Puebla shut out Tijuana 2-0 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

Gustavo Alustiza netted the game-winner in the 22nd minute, and Carlos Sanchez added an insurance goal from distance in the 83rd. Two minutes later, Tijuana’s Javier Guemez received his second yellow card in seven minutes and was ejected.

Puebla ‘keeper Jorge Villalpando came up big, turning away two shots from Fidel Martinez within the first 38 minutes and making clutch stop on Herculez Gomez in the 68th.

Puebla are four points out of playoff-eligible eighth place at 3-6-3 and 15 points. Tijuana are in 12th place at 3-4-4 (13).

Chivas 1, Atlas 1
Marco Fabian’s 84th-minute goal lifted Chivas de Guadalajara into a 1-1 tie with Atlas in Sunday’s Clasico Tapatio at Estadio Omnilife.

Fabian’s goal offset an 18th-minute header by center back Facundo Erpen that left Atlas up 1-0.

Chivas dominated the match from that point. Aldo Di Nigris challenged netminder Miguel Pinto minutes after Erpen’s goal, and later hit the crossbar. Finally, with five minutes left on the clock, Fabian ran a give-and-go with Rafa Marquez before launching a sharp right-footed shot to level the score.

The result leaves Chivas (1-5-5, 8 pts) in 15th place, one spot up from Atlas (0-8-4, 8).

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