November 3, 2013
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 16 roundup
Tijuana 4, Atlante 1
Dario Benedetto led the way with two goals as Tijuana routed last-place Atlante 4-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Benedetto put the Xolos on the board in the 11th minute, but the Potros pulled themselves level seconds before halftime, when Angel Sepulveda buried a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo guessed correctly, but let the ball slip through his hands. Eight minutes before, Tijuana’s Fernando Arce was sent off with a straight red card.
Cristian Pellerano’s game-winner for Tijuana also came from the spot, in the 55th minute, after Ricardo Ruiz was fouled in the box. Ruiz remained a pivotal figure throughout the half, launching a shot that was blocked back to Bernadetto to score the first insurance goal in the 74th minute, then connecting on another attempt to close things out in the 82nd.
The teams played the final 20 minutes ten-on-ten, after Atlante defender Sergio Perez received two yellow cards in two minutes.
Tijuana are tenth on the table at 5-6-5 and 21 points, while Atlante trail the field at 2-3-11 (9).
Queretaro 0, America 0
Queretaro played first-place Club America to a scoreless draw Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
The Gallos Blancos did not manage much in the way of offense before the intermission, but held fast on defense to preserve the result. In the 15th minute, defender Mario Osuna cleared Narciso Mina’s shot off the line. After the break, Queretaro, led by Wilberto Cosme, challenged America ‘keeper Moises Munoz, but could not break through.
Eighth-place Queretaro improve to 6-5-5 and 23 points, while America (11-3-2, 36) retains a four-point margin over Santos Laguna at the top of the standings.
Monterrey 3, Veracruz 0
Humberto Suazo scored in the 20th and 78th minutes to lead Monterrey to a 3-0 win over Veracruz Saturday in driving rain at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Suazo’s brace sandwiched a 44th-minute goal by Neri Cardozo, whose cross from the left side set up Suazo’s game-winning strike.
The loss effectively eliminated Veracruz from playoff contention.
Monterrey are in 13th place at 4-5-7 and 17 points, one place behind Veracruz (4-7-5, 19).
Cruz Azul 1, Morelia 0
Joao Rojas scored the only goal Cruz Azul needed to defeat Morelia Saturday at Estadio Azul and nail down a berth in the Apertura playoffs.
Rojas had a golden early chance to open the scoring thwarted by goalkeeper Federico Vilar, but took his revenge in the 76th minute, latching on to the rebound after Vilar blocked Jair Pereira’s shot back into play.
A late equalizer for Morelia was called back when Joel Huiqui was ruled offside.
Cruz Azul remain third on the table at 8-4-4 and 28 points. Morelia are in seventh place at 7-3-6 (24).
Tigres 1, Leon 1
Carlos Alberto “Gullit” Pena connected on a 72nd-minute counterattack to lift Leon into a 1-1 draw with Tigres Saturday at Estadio Universitario. The goal countered Juninho’s 28th-minute penalty kick.
The draw guaranteed Leon a spot in the Liguilla playoffs.
Tigres are one point out of playoff position at 5-7-4 (22), while Leon are fourth on the table at 7-6-3 (27).
Jaguares 2, Santos Laguna 1
Jaguares nailed down a postseason berth with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Santos Laguna at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Aviles Hurtado opened the scoring for Chiapas in the fifth minute, with a spectacular shot to the upper left corner. Javier Orozco equalized for the Guerreros in the 56th minute, aided by a pinpoint pass from Darwin Quintero, but David Toledo nutmegged netminder Oswaldo Sanchez with the game-winner in the 65th.
Sixth-place Jaguares improve to 6-7-3 and 25 points. Santos Laguna (9-5-2, 32) are four points behind league leaders Club America, in second place.
Toluca 1, Atlas 1
Toluca rallied to a 1-1 tie with Atlas Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Omar Bravo gave the Zorros a 1-0 lead with a powerful left-footed shot in the 66th minute. Pablo Velasquez, who had a first-half goal called back because of a handball by Antonio Naelson, leveled the score from the penalty spot ten minutes later, after a handball by Atlas’ Sergio Ponce.
Toluca are in fifth place with 26 points (6-8-2). Atlas are 15th at 1-9-6 (12).
Puebla 1, Pachuca 1
Shorthanded Pachuca benefitted from a stoppage-time penalty kick to salvage a 1-1 draw with Puebla Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
The Tuzos lost defender Efrain Cortes in the 59th minute, after he collected two red cards in a five-minute span. Puebla finally capitalized in the 81st, with a goal by Matias Alustiza set up by Alfredo Moreno’s breakaway run down the right side. Dario Carreno saved the day for the visitors in the first minute of stoppage time, after Jonathan Lacerda handled the ball in the penalty area to draw a spot kick.
Puebla close out the week in 11th place at 4-7-5 and 19 points, while Pachuca are in 14th place at 3-8-5 (17).
Chivas 1, Pumas 0
Rafael Marquez Lugo scored in the 12th minute, and Chivas de Guadalajara held on for a 1-0 win over Pumas Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Marquez Lugo was there to clean up after teammate Aldo Di Nigris failed to control Victor Perales’ through ball in front of the goal. Pumas’ best chance to level the score came in the 63nd minute, when Luis Garcia sent a shot off the crossbar. Two minutes later, the woodwork on the other end of the field robbed Marquez of a brace.
The win was the second of the season for 16th-place Chivas (2-6-8, 12 pts), and leapfrogged tem over Pumas (1-7-8, 10) in the standings.