February 23, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 8 roundup
Cruz Azul 3, Queretaro 1
Cruz Azul (7-1-0, 22 pts) stayed on top of the Clausura table with Friday’s 3-1 win over Queretaro at Estadio La Corregidora .
Shaking off an early goal by Queretaro’s Ricardo Da Silva, who scored after forcing a turnover, La Maquina took control of the match with unanswered strikes by Rogelio Chavez in the 36th and 88th minutes, sandwiching Mauro Formica’s 42nd-minute game-winner. Chavez knotted the score with a penalty kick after a handball by Mario Osuna. Formica sealed the win from the edge of the penalty area, and Chavez beat netminder Edgar Hernandez one-on-one to close out the scoring.
The Gallos Blancos fall to 3-1-4 and ten points.
Jaguares 3, Tijuana 0
Carlos Ochoa led the way with two goals as Jaguares manhandled Tijuana 3-0 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Ochoa opened the scoring in the tenth minute, with a penalty kick after Hernan Pellerano handled David Mendieta’s shot in front of the goal, and made the score 2-0 in the 32nd off Mendieta’s cross from near the end line. Luis Robles wrapped up the scoring on a breakaway three minutes before halftime. Chiapas bunkered in after the intermission, holding the Xolos scoreless through the final 45 minutes.
Jaguares improve to 3-2-3 and 11 points, while Tijuana falls to 3-1-4 (10).
Pumas 3, America 1
Daniel Luduena’s second goal of the match was the game-winner as Pumas defeated Club America 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Luduena opened the scoring in the eighth minute, after America defender Rubens Sambueza coughed up the ball. Raul Jimenez leveled the score for the Aguilas in the 26th, after Luis Gabriel Rey headed the ball into the penalty area, and the deadlock held until the 67th minute, when Luduena completed his brace with a picturebook free kick. Roberto Ramirez added an insurance goal in the 82nd. Both second-half goals were scored while America was shorthanded, following a 49th-minute red card to Francisco Rodriguez.
Pumas take over third place in the standings at 4-2-2 and 14 points, while America (4-0-4, 12) drop to fifth.
Tigres 1, Veracruz 0
Tigres edged Veracruz 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Universitario, on a 41st-miute goal by Jesus Duenas.
Duenas slammed a hard shot past netminder Meliton Hernandez and into the top corner of the goal. Hernandez kept things close with a point-blank save on Alan Pulido in the second half, but the Tiburones could not come up with an equalizer.
It was the first win of the season for Tigres (1-4-3, 7 pts), and dropped Veracruz (1-2-5, 5) to the bottom of the table.
Pachuca 3, Morelia 0
Pachuca routed Morelia 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Enner Valencia opened the scoring in the 41st minute, latching on to a free kick for the first of his two goals, and Jurgen Damm made the score 2-0 with a tap-in seconds after the intermission. Valencia closed out the scoring with nine minutes left on the clock, set up by Hirving Lozano’s counterattacking pass.
The Tuzos (4-1-3, 13 pts) take over fourth place in the standings from Club America, while Morelia fall to 2-3-3 (9).
Leon 4, Santos Laguna 2
Leon exploded for four first-half goals, and held on to defeat Santos Laguna 4-2 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Elias Hernandez have the Esmeraldas a 1-0 lead with a long-range blast in the eighth minute, ten minutes before Matias Britos made the score 2-0 on a counterattack. Carlos Pena put the Guerreros in a three-goal hole in the 33rd minute, and Miguel Sabah’s 44th-minute goal sent Leon to the dressing room with a 4-0 halftime lead.
Santos Laguna rallied in the second half, but got only two goals, by Mauro Cejas from well outside the penalty area in the 46th minute and Oribe Peralta, who controlled a right-side cross and pushed a shot home in the 69th.
Leon improve to 3-2-3 and 11 points, while the loss leaves Santos Laguna at 2-4-2 (10).
Monterrey 1, Atlas 0
Lucas Silva scored the only goal Monterrey needed to slip past Atlas 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Silva connected in the 20th minute, with a header after a quick passing sequence between Neri Cardozo and Efrain Juarez. Jose Maria Ortigoza came close to equalizing for Atlas in the 69th minute, but hit the bar, and Maicon Leite sent the Zorros’ final chance clanging off the post in the 86th.
With their second win of the season, Monterrey improve to 2-3-3 and nine points. The Zorros are in 17th place at 1-3-4 (6).
Toluca 1, Chivas 0
Isaac Brizuela scored in the 88th minute to give Toluca a 1-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Toluca also had a first-half goal by Pablo Velasquez called back. In the 66th minute, Brizuela snagged a rebound but missed the target.
The Diablos Rojos remain second on the Clausura table at 6-1-1 and 19 points. Chivas are sixth in the standings with 12 points (3-3-2).
Atlante 0, Puebla 0
Atlante and Puebla played to a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Neither team mustered much in the way of offense before the intermission, although Puebla netminder Jorge Villalpando did parry away a 38th-minute shot by Luis Rodriguez. Arturo Munoz had another solid chance for Atlante in the 47th, but missed the mark.
The Potros are in 14th place at 2-3-3 and nine points. La Franja (1-4-3, ) are one spot behind.