October 27, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 15 roundup
Morelia 1, Chivas 1
Wiliam Guzman’s 88th-minute goal lifted Chivas de Guadalajara into a 1-1 tie with Morelia Friday at Estadio Morelos.
The Rayados took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, when Edgar Andrade powered a shot past netminder Luis Michel from outside the penalty area, but were left shorthanded when Hector Mancilla was red-carded in the 84th. Bolstered by the man advantage, Chivas put together a combination play that started with Marco Fabian on the right side. Fabian centered a pass that Rafael Marquez relayed though to Guzman for the finish.
Morelia finish the week sixth in the standings at 7-3-5 and 24 points. The draw lifted Chivas out of the Apertura cellar, leaving them at 1-6-7 (9).
Tijuana 0, Tigres 0
Despite losing defender Jose Rivas to a red card with 13 minutes left to play, Tigres held on for a scoreless draw with Tijuana Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Neither team mustered much in the way of offense. Dario Benedetto missed the mark with an early chance for Xolos, and Juninho sent Tigres’ best chance wide of the mark near the half-hour mark.
The result left Tijuana in 12th place at 4-6-5, while Tigres (4-6-4) are tenth, both with 18 points.
America 3, Puebla 1
Rubens Sambueza led the way with two goals as Club America defeated Puebla 3-1 Saturday to remain undefeated at Estadio Azteca.
Sambueza scored in the 21st and 28th minutes, Carlos Sanchez pulled La Franja to within a goal shortly before halftime, but Arrinton Mina restored the Aguilas’ two-goal advantage from the penalty spot in the 50th.
America overcame an early defensive error that left goalkeeper unprotected against a breakaway by Puebla’s Matias Alustiza. Sambueza forced a turnover by defender Jesus Chavez to poke America’s first goal inside the post, then snagged a rebound to make the score 2-0.
Sanchez put Puebla on the board from distance, with a shot that Gonzalez should have handled but let slip past him. Chavez was again the goat on Mina’s spot kick, committing a handball in the box.
America (11-2-1, 35 pts) preserve their six-point lead over Santos Laguna at the top of the Apertura table, while Puebla (4-6-5, 18) are in 11th place.
Santos Laguna 3, Atlante 1
Eduardo Herrera’s two goals led Santos Laguna to a 3-1 road win over Atlante Saturday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Herrera put the Potros on their heels with a goal by header 40 seconds after the opening kickoff, then buried the game-winner in the 44th, after an initial shot had been cleared off the line. Darwin Quintero padded the Guerreros’ lead to 3-0 in the 79th minute, six minutes before Roberto Nanni spoiled goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez’s shutout with a picturebook header, drawing a yellow card for excessive celebration.
Santos Laguna are second in the standings at 8-5-1 and 29 points, while Atlante trail the field at 2-3-10 (9).
Pachuca 0, Cruz Azul 0
Pachuca played fifth-place Cruz Azul to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Sergio Napoles had the visitors’ best chance to the match in the 80th minute, but was thwarted by Tuzos netminder Oscar Perez.
Pachuca are 13th on the table at 3-7-5 and 16 points. The result leaves La Maquina at 7-4-4 (25).
Monterrey 1, Jaguares 1
Monterrey needed a 60th-minute goal by Humberto Suazo to salvage a 1-1 draw with Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Felix Araujo gave Chiapas a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, with a powerful shot off a corner kick. Suazo countered by slipping a free kick inside the post.
Monterrey remain well out of the Liguilla mix, 14th on the table at 3-5-7 and 14 points. Jaguares (5-7-3, 22) cling to seventh place by a tiebreaker over Queretaro.
Leon 2, Toluca 2
Leon and Toluca traded goals on their way to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Mauro Boselli staked the Esmeraldas to a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute, and it took Pablo Vasquez until the 63rd minute to counter for the Diablos, heading home the first of his two goals off a service from Isaac Brizuela. Mauricio Castaneda restored Leon’s advantage briefly in the 82nd minute, off Dario Burbano’s second assist of the game, but Velazquez completed his brace in the 85th with another header.
Third-place Leon (7-5-3, 26 pts) remain one point ahead of #4 Toluca (6-7-2) heading into the 16th week of the tournament.
Atlas 3, Queretaro 1
Atlas routed Queretaro 3-1 for their first win of the Apertura season Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Edson Rivera opened the scoring for the Zorros in the 17th minute, and Flavio Santos threaded his way through three defenders before sending the game-winner glancing off the post and into the net in the 60th. Leandro Gracian put Queretaro in the board in the 73rd minute, but Matias Vuoso restored the two-goal cushion with nine minutes left on the clock.
The Gallos Blancos had an apparent goal by Ignacio Ambriz called back for offside. Wilberto Cosme also came close to scoring for Queretaro, but netminder Yasser Corona one-handed his second-half shot away from the goalmouth.
Atlas are 15th on the table at 1-8-6 and 11 points. Queretaro cling to Liguilla-eligible eighth place at 6-4-5 (22).
Pumas 0, Veracruz 0
Pumas and Veracruz played to a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Pumas defender Dario Veron had the best of the game’s few attacking chances, sending a header over the bar.
Pumas are 16th on the table at 1-7-7 and 10 points. The Tiburones Rojos (4-7-4, 19) are one place and three points out of playoff position.