February 16, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 7 roundup
Morelia 1, America 0
Christian Valdez scored in the 61st minute to lift Morelia over Club America 1-0 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Valdez snapped the scoreless deadlock from close range, off an assist from Armando Zamorano. The victory was Morelia’s first under new head coach Eduardo de la Torre.
Monarcas improve to 2-3-2 and nine points. The loss leaves America at 4-0-3 (12).
Santos Laguna 3, Tijuana 2
Santos Laguna posted their second win of the Clausura season on Friday, edging Tijuana 3-2 at Estadio TSM Corona.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez opened the Santos scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after a handball in the box by Juan Carlos Nunez. Mauro Cejas made the score 2-0 six minutes later, snagging the loose ball after netminder Cirilo Saucedo deflected a cross off defender Darwin Quintero, but Cristian Pellerano took a goal back for the Xolos to leave the score 2-1 at halftime. Quintero latched onto a cross from Oribe Peralta to restore the Guerreros’ two-goal cushion two minutes into the second half, delivering the win despite Fidel Martinez’s 59th-minute goal for Tijuana.
The result leaves the Guerreros at 2-4-1 and Tijuana at 3-1-3, both with ten points.
Cruz Azul 1, Puebla 0
Marco Fabian scored in the second minute of stoppage time as Cruz Azul snatched a 1-0 win over Puebla Saturday at Estadio Azul.
The teams spent much of the first half bogged down at midfield. Puebla captain Luis Miguel Noriega and Cruz Azul’s Joao Rojas had solid second-half chances, but it took until the 92nd minute for Fabian to seal the win with a long, powerful shot.
Cruz Azul retain their hold on first place at 6-1-0 and 19 points. The Tuzos fall to 1-3-3 (6).
Toluca 3, Veracruz 0
Toluca romped past Veracruz 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes, ruining the debut of new Tiburones coach Jose Luis Sanchez.
Edgar Benitez opened the scoring in the fifth minute, catching netminder Meliton Hernandez off his line. Isaac Brizuela added the first insurance tally in the 48th, off an assist from Pablo Velasquez, who closed things out in the 85th.
The Diablos Rojos are second on the table at 5-1-1 and 16 points. Veracruz (1-2-4, 5) drop to 17th place.
Leon 2, Monterrey 0
Leon blanked shorthanded Monterrey 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
The Rayados went down a man in the 26th minute, when Cesar Fabian received a straight red card. Elias Hernandez was the first to capitalize for the Esmeraldas, slipping a shot inside the post in the 43rd minute. Mauro Boselli made it a two-goal game on a breakaway in the 69th.
The win leaved Leon at 2-2-3 and eight points. Monterrey fall to 1-3-3 (6).
Atlante 1, Pachuca 0
Atlante upset #6 Pachuca 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Roberto Gutierrez sealed the win in the 25th minute, finishing things off after back-to-back blocks by netminder Oscar Perez.
The Potros improve to 2-2-3 and eight points, still well behind Pachuca (3-1-3, 10) in the standings.
Jaguares 0, Tigres 0
Jaguares settled for a disappointing scoreless draw against last-place Tigres Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Tigres seized the early momentum, with Danilinho sending several shots just off target. Jaguares also had trouble finishing chances, with both Bruno Pereira and Martin Zuniga failing to capitalize on solid opportunities.
The result leaves Jaguares at 2-2-3 and eight points, while Tigres remain winless at 0-4-3 (4).
Pumas 1, Atlas 1
Pumas and Atlas played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Arturo Gonzalez gave Atlas a 1-0 lead from the edge of the penalty area in the 20th minute, and it took UNAM until the 75th to draw level, with a goal off a rebound from Victor Sosa.
The result leaves Pumas fifth on the table at 3-2-2 and 11 points, while the Zorros improve to 1-3-3 (6).
Chivas 2, Queretaro 1
Omar Bravo scored two goals in 20 minutes to lead Chivas de Guadalajara past Queretaro 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Bravo opened the scoring in the 61st minute, and completed his brace in the 81st, two minutes after Mario Osuna knotted the score for the Gallos Blancos. Carlos Fierro set up Bravo’s opening strike with a spectacular pass in from midfield. Bravo nutmegged goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez to seal the win.
Chivas take over fourth place at 3-3-1 and 12 points. Queretaro fall to 3-1-3 (10) and eighth place.