January 19, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 3 roundup
Morelia 2, Tigres 0
Morelia posted their first win of the young Clausura season on Friday, shutting out Tigres 2-0 at Estadio Morelos.
Tigres had the best early chance, when Alan Pulido sent a header over the bar, but were increasingly outplayed as the match progressed. Duvier Riascos opened the home scoring in the 42nd minute, with a hard shot from the center of the penalty area, and Carlos Morales slotted a free kick inside the left post in the 50th. Tigres limped to the finish with only nine men, after red cards to Juninho in the 77th minute and Hernan Burbano six minutes later.
Morelia improves to 1-1-1 and four points while struggling Tigres fall to 0-1-2 (1).
Santos Laguna 0, Puebla 0
Puebla and Santos Laguna settled for a scoreless draw Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Santos netminder Oswaldo Sanchez soared to fend off an early chance from Puebla’s Carlos Sanchez. Even after the Guerreros found their rhythm, the teams spent much of the match lofting long balls from end to end without generating a great deal of offense through halftime.
Mauro Cejas opened the second stanza with Santos Laguna’s best chance of the match, hitting a shot off the crossbar into the path of Darwin Quintero, who could not capitalize on the rebound.
Both teams remain in the middle of the Clausura pack, Puebla at 0-3-0 and three points, and the Guerreros at 0-2-1 (2).
Veracruz 1, Chivas 1
Jehu Chiapas scored in the 58th minute to lift Veracruz into a 1-1 tie with Chivas de Guadalajara Saturday at Estadio Victor Pirata Fuentes.
Israel Castro latched onto a rebound to give Chivas a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. The Herd could not snatch the win despite playing the final 29 minutes with a man advantage after a red card to Veracruz defender Cristian Llama for a violent foul on Jair Perreira.
Veracruz is sixth in the standings, and Chivas seventh, both with 1-2-0 records and five points.
America 1, Leon 0
Raul Jimenez converted a penalty kick in the 66th minute to give America a 1-0 win over Leon Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Shortly after the deciding goal, Esmeraldas midfielder Luis Montes was sent off with a straight red card, giving the Aguilas a man advantage for the remainder of the match.
The teams traded early chances, the best of them going to Leon, who forced netminder Moises Munoz into a pair of saves. Raul Jimenez nearly equalized twice in the closing minutes of the half, first with a dangerous backheel, and then with a shot just wide of the post.
The victory leaves America (2-0-1) third on the table with six points, while Leon (1-1-1, 4) falls to ninth.
Pachuca 2, Tijuana 1
Pachuca rallied from an early deficit to edge Tijuana 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Cristian Pellerano got the Xolos off to a quick start, beating goalkeeper Oscar Perez from distance in the fifth minute. Enner Valencia started the Tuzos’ comeback with a 65th-minute header off Edgar Andrade’s set-up pass, and Walter Ayovi clinched the win from the penalty spot eight minutes later, after a handball by Pellerano.
The result leaves both teams at 1-1-1 with four points.
Monterrey 3, Queretaro 1
Monterrey scored three second-half goals to romp past Queretaro 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
A 47th-minute header by Victor Ramos leveled the score 1-1. Marlon Pabon netted the game-winner in the 62nd, and Cesar Delgado slammed an insurance tally through the hands of netminder Edgar Hernandez with six minutes left on the clock.
William De Silva scored the lone goal for the Gallos Blancos, in the 32nd minute.
The loss drops Queretaro (2-0-1, 6 pts) from first to fourth place. Monterrey (1-2-0, 5) improve to fifth.
Cruz Azul 1, Jaguares 0
Cruz Azul slipped past Jaguares 1-0 on a goal by Mauro Formica Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Formica connected in the 27th minute, heading the ball in from close range off a corner kick. Jaguares tried gamely to equalize, but provided little support for striker Carlos Ochoa.
Cruz Azul are second on the table at 2-1-0 and seven points. Jaguares fall to 0-1-2 (1).
Atlante 1, Atlas 0
Narciso Mina scored the only goal Atlante needed to defeat Atlas 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Mina snapped the scoreless draw in the 62nd minute, after Walter Erviti forced a turnover upfield and fended off three defenders before feeding the ball into the box.
The Potros are tenth in the standings at 1-1-1 and four points. 17th-place Atlas (0-1-2) have only one point from their first three Clausura matches.
Toluca 2, Pumas 0
Toluca vaulted to the top of the Clausura standings with Sunday’s 2-0 win over Pumas at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Pablo Velazquez opened the scoring in the 31st minute, off an assist from Antonio Naelson, and Miguel Ponce doubled the Diablos’ lead after a defensive turnover in the 62nd.
Toluca improve to 2-1-0 and seven points. Pumas fall to 0-1-2 (1).