March 2, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 9 roundup
Atlante 2, Morelia 1
Michael Arroyo scored off a free kick in the 90th minute to lift Atlante over Morelia 2-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Morelia got lucky in the early minutes, when Atlante’s Angel Sepulveda hit the post from long range, then took a 1-0 lead on Aldo Leao’s tap-in in the eighth minute. A goal line clearance by defender Gerardo Venegas on Hector Mancilla’s dangerous 35th-minute shot preserved Monarcas’ lead through the intermission. Roberto Gutierrez finally equalized for the Potros off a rebound in the 70th.
The Potros improve to 3-3-3 and 12 points, while Monarcas fall to 2-3-4 (9).
Atlas 3, Santos Laguna 2
Rodrigo Millar’s second goal of the match, in the 85th minute, gave Atlas their second win of the Clausura season, 3-2 over Santos Laguna Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Darwin Quintero gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, but Atlas countered quickly. Millar leveled the score in the 27th, and Maikon Leite put the Zorros up 2-1 five minutes later. Millar’s winner made the score 3-1, giving Atlas enough of a cushion to take the win despite Jose Abella’s late strike for the Guerreros.
The win leaves Atlas at 2-3-4 and nine points. Santos drop to 2-4-3 (10).
Tijuana 1, Veracruz 1
Veracruz rallied to a 1-1 draw with Tijuana Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Liber Quinones leveled the score in the 81st minute, erasing a Xolos lead that had held since Cristian Pellerano scored off a rebound in the fifth. A second-half red card to Pellerano opened the door for the Tiburones to equalize. Quinones took a cross inside the area and nutmegged ‘keeper Cirilo Saucedo to make the score 1-1.
The draw leaves the Xolos at 3-2-4 and 11 points. Veracruz (1-3-5, 6) remain at the bottom of the table.
Cruz Azul 1, Toluca 0
First-place Cruz Azul edged #2 Toluca 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Christian Gimenez scored the only goal of the match in the 79th minute, redirecting Rogelio Chavez’s free kick past netminder Alfredo Talavera. Toluca’s best chance came in the 53rd minute, when Pablo Velasquez cracked a shot off the right post.
La Maquina top the Clausura table at 8-1-0 and 25 points. The loss leaves the Diablos Rojos at 6-1-2 (19).
America 2, Monterrey 1
Rubens Sambueza scored in the 88th minute to give Club America (5-0-4, 15 pts) a 2-1 win over Monterrey Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
The loss was a heartbreaker for the struggling Rayados (2-3-4, 9 pt), who rallied from a first-half deficit to knot the score 1-1 on Wilson Morelo’s goal in the 80th minute.
Erik Pimentel put America on the board in the 35th minute, with a header. Sambueza put the game-winner past netminder Moises Munoz from the center of the penalty area.
Leon 3, Jaguares 0
Leon scored three goals in the first 31 minutes on their way to a 3-0 rout of Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Elias Hernandez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, with a left-footer off set-up pass from Luis Montes. Miguel Sabah latched onto a long service from Carlos Pena to make the score 2-0 in the 18th, and Mauro Boselli closed things out in the 31st, after pulling ‘keeper Alfredo Frausto off his line.
The Esmeraldas are fifth in the standings at 4-2-3 and 14 points. Jaguares (3-2-4, 11) fall to ninth place.
Pumas 0, Pachuca 0
Third-place Pumas and #6 Pachuca settled for a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Pachuca netminder Oscar Perez came through with a pair of late saves to preserve the tie, scrambling to keep Diego Iagos’ volley from slipping inside the post, and deflecting away a rocket shot from Martin Bravo with four minutes left on the clock.
The result leaves UNAM at 4-3-2 and 15 points, and the Tuzos at 4-2-3 (14).
Puebla 1, Queretaro 0
Puebla edged Queretaro 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Damarcus Beasley scored the game’s only goal, with a header in the 52nd minute. The Gallos Blancos had an apparent goal called back in the 12th minute, when Ricardo Da Silva was ruled offside.
La Franja (2-4-3) are in 12th place and Queretaro (3-1-5) in 13th, both with ten points.
Chivas 0, Tigres 0
Tigres held Chivas de Guadalajara to a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Chivas pressed early, with Aldo Di Nigris challenging netminder Sergio Garcia in the fifth minute. Tigres caught their rhythm as the half wound down, with both Alan Pulido and Emanuel Herrera forcing acrobatic saves from netminder Jose Antonio Rodriguez.
The Herd finish Week 9 in seventh place at 3-4-2 and 13 points. Tigres (1-5-3, 8) are 17th.