January 6, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 1 roundup
Queretaro 1, Morelia 0
Miguel Martinez scored in the 16th minute to give Queretaro a 1-0 win over Morelia Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Martinez clinched the win with a header to the lower corner of the net. The Gallos Blancos held on to the lead despite playing the final 14 minutes shorthanded after defender George Corral collected his second yellow card of the match and was sent off.
Santos Laguna 1, Chivas 1
Chivas de Guadalajara scored both goals on their way to a 1-1 draw with Santos Laguna Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Omar Bravo staked the Herd to a 1-0 lead in the second minute, getting his left foot on a cross from Rafael Marquez, but Israel Castro’s own goal in the 50th let Santos back into the game. The Guerreros finished the match with ten players after Oswaldo Alanis was shown his second yellow card and ejected in the 66th minute.
America 3, Tigres 0
Club America opened their Clausura campaign with a decisive 3-0 win over Tigres Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Luis Gabriel Rey opened the scoring in the ninth minute, with a long blast that deflected off defender Carlos Salcido on its way past netminder Enrique Palos. Paul Aguilar doubled America’s lead in the 30th, and Raul Jimenez snagged a rebound to cap the win in the 48th.
Toluca 1, Pachuca 0
Apertura scoring champion Pablo Velasquez connected in the74th minute to lift Toluca over Pachuca 1-0 in both teams’ Clausura opener Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The Tuzos got off to a spirited start, but could not get the ball past Toluca ‘keeper Alfredo Talavera, who came up with a pair of saves on midfielder Enrique Esqueda. He also got some first-half help from Antonio Rios, who cleared Enner Valencia’s header off the goal line.
Monterrey 0, Cruz Azul 0
Monterrey and Cruz Azul opened their Clausura seasons with a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Both teams had their share of chances, but could not convert. Fausto Pinto sent an early shot just wide of the goal. Humberto Suazo sent Jesus Corona diving to stop Monterrey’s best first half chance and hit the post in the 75th minute.
Atlas 0, Tijuana 0
Atlas and Tijuana played to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Jahir Barraza got the Zorros off to an energetic start, but his early blast was grabbed up by netminder Cirilo Saucedo, who did well to preserve a point for the outplayed Xolos.
Jaguares 1, Veracruz 1
Jaguares and Veracruz traded first-half goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Lucas Viatri gave Jaguares a 1-0 advantage in the 21st minute, with a header off the cats’ fourth corner kick of the match, but Jehu Chiapas connected from long range to level the score 20 minutes later.
Pumas 2, Puebla 2
Pumas nursed a two-goal lead into the 90th minute, only to settle for a 2-2 draw with Puebla Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Martin Bravo netted the first brace of the Clausura, connecting in the 18th and 35th minutes, to give Pumas a comfortable lead. Matias Alustiza started Puebla’s epic comeback with a 90th-minute goal, and Carlos Sanchez tied the score from the penalty spot in the third minute of stoppage time.
Bravo’s initial goal came off the game’s first penalty kick, and his second came when he redirected Martin Romagnoli’s long distance attempt past netminder Jorge Villalpando. After pulling La Franja within a goal in the final minute, Alustiza drew the foul that sent Sanchez to the spot.
Atlante 1, Leon 1
Manuel Viniegra scored seconds after halftime to lift Atlante into a 1-1 draw with Apertura champions Leon Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Viniegra’s goal countered a 34th-minute strike by Leon’s Carlos Alberto Pena. It might well have been a game-winner, had Atlante’s Narciso Mina not hit the post with a penalty kick in the 28th minute. In the second half, Mina sent a point-blank header over the bar.