January 12, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 2 roundup
Queretaro 1, Pumas 0
Rodolfo Vilchis scored in the 85th minute to lift Queretaro to the top of the Clausura table with a 1-0 win over Pumas Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Queretaro took control early, with George Corral forcing netminder Alejandro Palacios into a diving save and William Da Silva following up with a shot off the bar in the 24th minute. Vichis finally snapped the scoreless deadlock with a volley off a service from Christian Bermudez.
The Gallos Blancos improve to 2-0-0 and six points, while Pumas fall to 0-1-1 (1).
Tijuana 1, America 0
Tijuana slipped past Cub America 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Caliente.
Cristian Pellerano scored the only goal of the game, in the 87th minute. In stoppage time, he received a yellow card as part of an altercation that also resulted in a red card for Xolos midfielder Fernando Arce.
Goalkeeper Moises Munoz kept America level through the first half by fending off a backheel shot by Fidel Martinez, and got some help from the post in stoppage time, when Tijuana’s Joe Corona just missed the mark.
Tijuana improves to 1-1-0 and four points, while the Aguilas fall to 1-0-1 (3).
Veracruz 2, Atlante 1
Luis Alberto Sanchez scored in the second minute of stoppage time to lift shorthanded Veracruz over Atlante 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
The Tiburones Rojos (1-1-0, 4 pts) went up 1-0 in the second minute, on a header by Liber Quinones. Narciso Mina responded for the Potros (0-1-1, 1) in the 34th. Three minutes later, Veracruz defender Jesus Sanchez received his second yellow card of the match and was sent off.
Atlante nearly took the lead in the 57th minute, but ‘keeper Meliton Hernandez got his foot on Angel Sepulveda’s shot.
Cruz Azul 2, Santos Laguna 1
Cruz Azul came up with a pair of late goals to rally past Santos Laguna 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Jeronimo Amione’s 78th-minute header knotted the score at 1-1. Hugo Pavone netted the game-winner in the 89th, also with his head.
Javier Orozco scored the lone goal for Santos Laguna, in the 25th minute, but the Guerreros were left shorthanded when Jose Abella was red-carded in the 39th minute. La Maquina also finished the game with ten men, after Marco Fabian received two yellow cards in as many minutes, resulting in his expulsion two minutes before Pavone’s game-winner.
The result leaves Cruz Azul at 1-1-0 with four points. Santos Laguna falls to 0-1-1 (1).
Tigres 0, Pachuca 0
Tigres and Pachuca played to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Enner Valencia hit the crossbar for Pachuca in the sixth minute, the best attacking chance for either side.
The result leaves both teams at 0-1-1 and one point.
Leon 3, Atlas 1
Carlos Alberto Pena scored two first-half goals to lead Leon to a 3-1 win over Atlas Sunday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Pena connected in the second and 38th minutes, the first goal settling into the net from well outside the penalty area, and had another shot saved off the line by a defender in the 20th minute. Luis Montes made the score 3-0 off a set play before Maikon Leite put the Zorros on the board in the 78th.
The Esmeraldas are second in the Clausura standings at 1-1-0 and four points. Atlas fall to 0-1-1 and one point.
Toluca 2, Morelia 2
Toluca rallied to a 2-2 draw with Morelia Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Carlos Morales opened the scoring for Morelia in the fourth minute, one-touching a shot inside the near post, but the Diablos Rojos responded two minutes later, with Edgar Benitez connecting from the edge of the penalty area. Christian Valdez restored Monarcas’ lead in the 39th minute, with a pinpoint shot to the upper left corner. Pablo Velazquez leveled the score 2-2 from the penalty spot in the 55th.
The result leaves Toluca third on the table at 1-1-0 and four points. Morelia are 0-1-1, with one point.
Puebla 1, Monterrey 1
Puebla and Monterrey both played to their second draw of the season, 2-2 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Marlon de Jesus gave Monterrey a 1-0 lead in the second minute, drawing goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando off his line with a solo breakaway into the box. After two Puebla shots hit the post, Matias Alustiza leveled the score in the 37th.
Monterrey’s Neri Cardozo had the best chance to break the tie, sending a 75th-minute free kick caroming off the crossbar.
Chivas 1, Jaguares 0
Chivas de Guadalajara posted their first win of the season on Sunday, edging Jaguares 1-0 at Estadio Omnilife.
Aldo de Nigris scored the deciding goal in the 58th minute, snagging the rebound after Omar Bravo’s header hit the post. Five minutes later, de Nigris also sent a shot off the woodwork, and the 1-0 score held through the final whistle.
The Herd finish Week 2 1-1-0 with four points. Jaguares fall to 0-1-1 (1).