January 26, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 4 roundup
Tijuana 1, Morelia 0
Javier Gandolfi scored in the 61st minute to give Tijuana a 1-0 win over Morelia Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Fidel Martinez set up Gandolfi’s game-winner with a well-placed free kick.
The Xolos improve to 2-1-1 and seven points, while Monarcas slip to 1-1-2 (4).
Queretaro 0, Santos Laguna 0
Santos Laguna plunged to 16th in the Apertura standings after settling for a scoreless draw with Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Queretaro’s defense defused a pair of good early scoring chances from Santos Laguna’s Oribe Peralta, and goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez dove to fend off a first-half shot by Carlos Quintero. Guerreros’ netminder Oswaldo Sanchez did his part to keep things level, turning away a goal-bound free kick and blocking Yasser Corona’s header.
The Guerreros (0-3-1) have three points from their first four matches, while the Gallos Blancos are 2-1-1 with seven points.
Cruz Azul 4, Veracruz 0
Cruz Azul roared to the top of the Apertura standings with Saturday’s 4-0 win over Veracruz at Estadio Azul.
Cruz Azul put the game away with three first-half goals, by Joao Rojas off a rebound in the 28th minute, Luis Perea with a header in the 37th, and Hugo Pavone in the 45th. Marco Fabian closed things out with 12 minutes left on the clock.
Angel Reyna had the best of Veracruz’s limited chances, but sent his 21st-minute shot over the bar.
La Maquina lead the league with a 3-1-0 record and ten points. Veracruz fall to 1-2-1 (5).
Pumas 2, Tigres 1
Pumas (1-1-2, 4 pts) posted their first win of the Apertura campaign, 2-1 over Tigres Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Martin Bravo engineered a two-goal comeback for UNAM, converting a penalty kick in the 65th minute and winning the game in the 84th.
Tigres, who trail the pack at 0-1-3 and one point, led for much of the match after Guido Pizarro buried an open header in the tenth minute, but played the final 53 minutes shorthanded after a red card to defender Jose Rivas in the 37th. Lucas Lobos had a pair of solid first-half chances for Tigres, but hit the bar and had another shot parried away by netminder Alejandro Palacios.
Pachuca 3, Leon 1
Pachuca knocked off defending champions Leon 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Enner Valencia opened the Tuzos’ scoring in the 22nd minute, and Alex Colon, aided by Jurgen Damm’s spectacular cross, doubled Pachuca’s lead in the 55th. Valencia added an insurance goal, off Damm’s second assist of the match, in the 73rd. Mauro Boselli, who sent a sitter over the bar in the 34th minute, saved Leon from the shutout with an 88th-minute penalty kick.
Pachuca improve to 2-1-1 and seven points. Leon finish Week 4 at 1-1-2 (4).
America 2, Atlas 1
Luis Gabriel Rey’s brace lifted Club America over Atlas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Rodrigo Millar gave the Zorros a 1-0 lead with a quick header off Oscar Razo’s set-up pass in the 41st minute. Assisted both times by Rubens Sambueza, Rey leveled the score in the 56th, and delivered the win in the 80th.
America are third on the table at 3-0-1 and nine points. Atlas remain winless at 0-1-3 (1).
Toluca 2, Monterrey 0
Toluca took the lead in the second minute and never looked back, blanking Monterrey 2-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Paulo Da Silva scored the early goal, after a corner kick pingponged around the goal area, and Juan Manuel Salgueiro doubled the Diablos’ lead in the 80th.
Monterrey’s best chance came from Othoniel Arce, who narrowly missed the post in the 35th minute.
Toluca are in second place at 3-1-0 and ten points. The Rayados fall to 1-2-1 (5).
Jaguares 3, Puebla 2
Martin Zuniga scored in the second minute of stoppage time to give Jaguares (1-1-2, 4 pts) their first win of the Apertura season, 3-2 over Puebla (0-3-1, 3) Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Everything went Puebla’s way for the first 45 minutes. Saul Villalobos staked La Franja to a 1-0 lead in the third minute, and Chiapas defender Luis Robles put the ball into his own net to make the score 2-0 in the 41st.
Mauricio Romero started Jaguares’ comeback in the 56th minute, with a tap in after Lucas Viatri served the ball into the goalmouth, and Luis Rodriguez knotted the score two minutes later. Seven minutes later, Puebla defender Uriel Alvarez was sent off, and Zuniga took advantage to deliver the win as time wound down.
Atlante 1, Chivas 1
Chivas de Guadalajara rallied to a 1-1 draw with Atlante Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Michael Arroyo gave the Potros a 1-0 advantage in the 43rd minute, sending a shot off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. Gerardo Rodriguez leveled the score for Chivas from outside the penalty area in the 56th, with what would have been the game-winner had Omar Bravo converted his 26th-minute penalty kick.
Chivas are seventh on the table at 1-3-0 and six points, one spot ahead of Atlante (1-2-1, 5).