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October 20, 2013
Match Day 14 roundup

Queretaro 2, Leon 0
Queretaro blanked Leon 2-0 Friday Estadio at La Corregidora.

Wilberto Cosme created a pair of early chances for Queretaro, one of them forcing ‘keeper William Yarbrough into his first save of the match, before netting the game-winner in the 29th minute. Esteban Paredes stole the ball from defender Jonny Magallon and fed Cosme for the finish. Seconds after the intermission, Paredes gave the Gallos Blancos some breathing room. This time, Cosme picked off a clearing pass and fed Paredes, who beat Magallon to get off the shot.

Queretaro take over seventh place in the standings at 6-4-4 and 22 points. Leon are third on the table at 7-4-3 (25).

Santos Laguna 3, Monterrey 2
Santos Laguna ran up a three-goal lead, then held off a furious late rally to defeat Monterrey 3-2 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.

After a scoreless first half in which Mauro Cejas had an apparent goal for Santos called back for offside and Neri Cardozo hit the crossbar for Monterrey, Oribe Peralta broke the ice for the Guerreros in the 49th minute, banking a long shot off the post and in. Jesus Escoboza headed home a rebound to double the lead ten minutes later, and Cejas nutmegged ‘keeper Jonathan Orozco to make the score 3-0 in the 62nd minute.

Humberto Suazo made a game of it for the Rayados, scoring in the 83rd minute and second minute of stoppage time. The first goal was a long-distance blast that deflected off a defender on its way into the goal, and the second was set up by a long throw-in.

Santos Laguna are in second place with 26 points (7-5-1). The Rayados (3-4-7, 13) sink to 14th.

Cruz Azul 1, America 1
Luis Perea scored in the 69th minute to lift hosts Cruz Azul into a 1-1 tie with table-topping Club America Saturday at Estadio Azul.

The start of the match was delayed for almost 45 minutes by torrential rain, and played in extremely poor conditions. America took a 1-0 lead when Luis Gabriel Rey scored in the closing seconds of the first half, off an artful assist from Miguel Layun.

Aquivaldo Mosquera came close to equalizing in the 63rd minute, but ‘keeper Moises Munoz got a foot on the ball. Six minutes later, Perea beat the Aguilas netminder with a header.

Cruz Azul are fifth in the standings at 7-3-4 and 24 points. America (10-2-1, 32) have a six-point edge over #2 Santos Laguna.

Veracruz 1, Morelia 0
Luis Tejada scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give Veracruz a dramatic 1-0 win over Morelia Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirate Fuentes.

Monarcas generated several early scoring chances. ‘Keeper Meliton Hernandez saved a shot from Jefferson Montero and caught a break when Edgar Andrade’s follow-up went wide.

The Tiburones defense held their own into the closing seconds, and Tejada chipped a shot over Morelia netminder Federico Vilar to snatch the win against the run of play.

Veracruz are tenth in the standings at 4-6-4 and 18 points. Sixth-place Morelia fall to 7-2-5 (23).

Tigres 3, Atlante 1
Tigres scored twice in the final four minutes to pull away from Atlante 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.

Alan Pulido led the way with a brace, opening the scoring in the 17th minute after ‘keeper Carlos Salcido left a rebound in front of the net, then connecting for the game-winner in the 87th, after Walter Erviti drew the Potros level off a defensive turnover in the 43rd.

Danilinho added an insurance goal in the first minute of stoppage time.

Tigres improve to 4-5-4 and 17 points, good for 11th place on the table. Atlante are in 16th place at 2-3-9 (9).

Jaguares 1, Pumas 1
Luis Garcia scored in the 89th minute to lift Pumas into a 1-1 draw with Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.

Lucas Viatri put Chiapas on the board in the 53rd minute, snagging the rebound after netminder Alexander Palacios blocked Carlos Ochoa’s header.

Jaguares are in eighth place with 21 points (5-6-3), while Pumas (1-6-7, 9) are 15th.

Toluca 0, Tijuana 0
Shorthanded Toluca held on for a 0-0 draw against Tijuana Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

The Diablos Rojos were reduced to ten men in the 34th minute, with a straight red card to Carlos Rodriguez after a dangerous tackle at midfield.

Neither team created many chances. The Xolos’ Fernando Arce had the best look of the match, sending a first-half shot inches over the bar.

Toluca are in fourth place with 24 points (6-6-2), ahead of #5 Cruz Azul on a tiebreaker. Tijuana are 12th at 4-5-5 (17).

Puebla 2, Atlas 0
Carlos Sanchez scored in the 17th minute to start Puebla on their way to a 2-0 win over Atlas Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.

La Franja controlled the tempo from the outset, repeatedly shutting down the Zorros’ attack at midfield. Alfredo Moreno set up the game-winning play, taking possession after a turnover by Julio Cesar Betancia. Moreno relayed the ball to Sanchez, who drew ‘keeper Miguel Pinto off his line before sending the shot to the back of the net.

Luis Noriega netted the insurance goal in the 50th minute, off the rebound of a shot by Sanchez.

Puebla are three points out of playoff position at 4-6-4 (18). Atlas remain winless at 0-8-6 (8).

Pachuca 3, Chivas 1
Pachuca rallied from an early deficit to defeat Chivas de Guadalajara 3-1 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.

Jurgen Damm pulled the Tuzos into a 1-1 tie in the 20th minute, getting around defender Kristian Alvarez and countering a 20th-minute tally by Rafael Marquez Lugo. Othoniel Arce sealed the win with a header off a corner kick in the 43rd.

Another Pachuca header, by Marco Bueno, put the game out of reach in the 87th minute.

Pachuca take over 13th place in the standings at 3-6-5 and 15 points. Chivas (1-5-7, 8 pts) trail the Apertura field.

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