February 2, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 5 roundup
Morelia 0, Leon 0
Morelia and Leon battled to a scoreless draw Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Morelia netminder Carlos Rodriguez came up with back-to-back stops on Elias Hernandez and Mauro Boselli in the 43rd minute, and Monarcas kept the score level despite playing the final 21 minutes shorthanded following a 69th-minute red card to Jorge Zarate for a harsh tackle on Eisner Loboa.
Morelia (13th place) and the Esmeraldas (14th) remain one place apart in the standings, both at 1-2-2 and five points.
Puebla 1, Veracruz 0
Alberto Medina scored with nine minutes left on the clock to lift Puebla over Veracruz 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Neither team generated much offense before the intermission, but defender Roberto Chavez got the second half off to a quick start for Puebla, getting off a header that forced netminder Meliton Hernandez into a diving save. Medina finally snapped the scoreless tie after running onto a long ball from upfield.
La Franja improve to 1-3-1 and six points, good for tenth place in the Apertura standings. Veracruz fall to 1-2-2 (5), and 16th place.
America 1, Atlante 0
America kept their home record perfect with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Atlante at Estadio Azteca.
Miguel Layun put the game away early, scoring with a right-footer from the top of the arc in the seventh minute. Twenty-four minutes later, the Aguilas lost midfielder Rubens Sambueza after back-to-back yellow cards. The Potros also finished with ten men, but the red card to captain Mauricio Romero did not come until the third minute of stoppage time.
Arturo Munoz had Atlante’s best chance to salvage a tie, but cracked his shot off the bar in the 75th minute.
The win leaves America second on the table at 4-0-1 and 12 points. Atlante are in 15th place at 1-2-2 (5).
Santos Laguna 2, Toluca 0
Javier Orozco scored twice in a three-minute span to give Santos Laguna a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Toluca Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Orozco opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, and completed his brace in the 35th. Both goals came after Diablos midfielder Edgar Benitez received a straight red card in the 23rd minute and was sent off.
Santos Laguna lost their man advantage in the 69th minute, when Mauro Cejas received his second yellow card of the match, but goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera came up big to preserve the win, picking off a pair of dangerous shots by Oribe Peralta.
The win leaves the Guerreros ninth on the table at 1-3-1 and six points, while third-place Toluca fall to 3-1-1 (10).
Cruz Azul 2, Chivas 0
Cruz Azul scored twice in two minutes to pull past Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Omnilife.
Mauro Formica clinched the win with an unguarded shot in the 49th minute, and Rogelio Chavez caught Chivas ‘keeper Jose Antonio Rodriguez off guard to add an insurance goal in the 51st.
The victory keeps La Maquina (4-1-0) on top of the Apertura standings with 13 points. Chivas (1-3-1) have six points from their first five matches.
Atlas 1, Pachuca 0
Atlas picked up their first Apertura win on Saturday, edging Pachuca 1-0 at Estadio Hidalgo.
Rodrigo Millar scored the only goal of the match in the 54th minute. The score could have been more lopsided, but Tuzos netminder Oscar Perez dove to get his fingertips on a 35th-minute shot by Alfonso Gonzalez. Pachuca also had a solid early chance, on a breakaway by Enner Valencia , but ‘keeper Enrique Perez recovered to make the save.
The Zorros are in 17th place at 1-1-3 and four points. The Tuzos (2-1-2, 7) slip to fifth place.
Monterrey 0, Tigres 0
Last-place Tigres held Monterrey to a scoreless tie Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Alan Pulido almost snatched the win for Tigres in the 75th minute, but his shot hit the post.
The Rayados are in 11th place at 1-3-1 and six points. The draw leaves Tigres at 0-2-3 (2).
Jaguares 1, Queretaro 0
Carlos Ochoa scored in the eighth minute, and Jaguares held on for their second win of the season, 1-0 over Queretaro Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Ochoa clinched the win with a flat-footed header after a poorly defended corner kick. The Gallos Blancos’ best chance to level the score came in the closing minute, when Christian Bermudez fired the ball straight at goalkeeper Alfredo Mendoza.
Chiapas take over sixth place on the table, and Queretaro fall to seventh, both at 2-1-2 and seven points.
Pumas 3, Tijuana 0
Pumas blew past Tijuana 3-0 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Daniel Luduena opened the scoring from well outside the penalty area in the 15th minute. Dario Veron doubled Pumas’ lead off a corner kick in the 34th, and David Cabrera closed things out in the 85th. Martin Bravo, who assisted on Cabrera’s goal, had two solid chances to turn the match into even more of a rout, just missing the mark on a seventh-minute breakaway, and hitting the post barely ten minutes later.
UNAM move into fourth place at 2-1-2 and seven points. The Xolos are eighth on the table with an identical record.