March 9, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 10 roundup
Tijuana 2, Chivas 0
Tijuana blanked Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Both Xolos goals, by Dario Benedetto in the 22nd minute and Jaimen Ayovi in the 72nd, were in the net before Chivas defender Nestor Vidrio received his second yellow card of the match in the 78th minute and was sent off. Benedetto opened the scoring by slipping a shot inside the far post, then served up the through ball that set the table for Ayovi. Rafa Marquez had the best chance tor Chivas, but sent his 59th-minute header over the bar.
Tijuana improve to 4-2-4 and 14 points, while the Herd fall to 3-4-3 (13).
Morelia 3, Pumas 1
Morelia scored three goals in 36 minutes to defeat Pumas 3-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Armando Zamorano put Monarcas on the board in the 53rd minute, leaving the game tied 1-1. Duvier Riascos netted the game-winner ten minutes later, and Hector Mancilla added an insurance tally in the 89th.
Pumas led 1-0 at halftime on a flashy 44th-minute goal by Martin Bravo.
Morelia take over tenth place at 3-3-4 and 12 points, still well behind Pumas (4-3-3, 15) in the standings.
Veracruz 1, Leon 0
Luis Alberto Sanchez scored from a breathtaking angle in the 90th minute to lift Veracruz over Leon Friday at Estadio Nou Camp.
The winning goal came while the Tiburones were shorthanded after a 70th-minute red card to Leiton Jimenez. Jimenez was sent off for a hard foul on Matias Britos, who had failed to get a penalty kick past Veracruz ‘keeper Edgar Hernandez six minutes before.
The victory was not enough to lift Veracruz (2-3-5, 9 pts) out of last place. The Esmeraldas fall to 4-2-4 (14).
Toluca 3, Puebla 1
Toluca cruised past Puebla 3-1 Friday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Wilson Tiago opened the scoring in the 26th minute, picking off a clearance from goalkeeper Jorge Villalpando. Raul Nava added a penalty kick in the 54th, and Carlos Esquivel completed the rout with a goal from outside the penalty area in the 77th.
Toluca remain second on the Clausura table at 5-2-3 and 17 points. La Franja fall to 2-4-4 (10).
Santos Laguna 4, America 2
Santos Laguna scored twice in the final five minutes to pull away from Club America 4-2 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
The Aguilas took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Rubens Sambueza in the fifth minute and Andres Rios in the tenth, and could easily have been up by three, but Adrian Aldrete cracked a second-minute shot off the post. Darwin Quintero started the Guerreros’ comeback with a sharp left-footer in the 34th minute. Andres Renteria took advantage of cautious defending by Juan Carlos Valenzuela to level the score in the 52nd, and Oribe Peralta netted the game-winner in the 84th. Juan Pablo Rodriguez added an insurance tally from near the penalty spot with one minute left on the clock.
The victory leaves Santos Laguna in eighth place at 3-4-3 (13 pts). America fall to 5-0-5 (15).
Tigres 3, Cruz Azul 0
Juninho’s eighth-minute penalty kick started Tigres on their way to a 3-0 win over Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Alan Pulido doubled the home team’s lead in the 27th minute, bringing the ball into the area from the left side and beating netminder Jesus Corona with a hard shot. Jose Torres rounded out the scoring in the 83rd, off a diagonal pass from substitute Damian Alvarez.
Tigres played the final 27 minutes shorthanded after a straight red card to defender Carlos Salcido.
Tigres improve to 2-5-3 and 11 points. Their first loss of the season loss was not enough to knock La Maquina ( 8-1-1, 25) out of first place.
Pachuca 2, Monterrey 0
Enner Valencia scored both goals as Pachuca shut out Monterey 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Valencia put the Tuzos on the board from the corner of the penalty area in the 28th minute, and completed his brace in the 52nd.
The Rayados finished with only nine men on the field, after red cards to Neri Cardozo in the 63rd minute and Severo Meza in the 78th, after he received two yellow cards in a six-minute span.
The win lifts the Tuzos (5-2-3, 17 pts) into third place. Monterrey falls to 17th place at 2-3-5 (9).
Atlas 2, Jaguares 2
Carlos Ochoa scored two goals in eight minutes to lift Jaguares into a 2-2 tie with Atlas Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The Zorros seized the early lead with a left-footed half volley by Arturo Gonzalez in the sixth minute. Jose Maria Ortigoza made the score 2-0 with a close-range shot off Edson Rivera’s setup pass in the 49th minute.
Ochoa kicked off Jaguares’ comeback with a 60th-minute penalty kick, and chipped netminder Federico Vilar to knot the score in the 68th.
Jaguares close out the week in 12th place at 3-3-4 and 12 points. The Zorros are 14th at 2-4-4(10).
Atlante 4, Queretaro 2
Michael Arroyo exploded for four goals as Atlante defeated Queretaro 4-2 Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Fernando Da Silva scored both goals for the Gallos Blancos, in the 54th and 79th minutes.
Arroyo’s first goal, in the 16th minute, gave the Potros a 1-0 lead that lasted through halftime. Da Silva equalized in the 54th, ushering in a wild five minutes during which Arroyo put Atlante firmly in control with goals in the 57th and 59th minutes. Arroyo closed out the scoring in the 72nd.
Atlante move into sixth place at 4-3-3 and 15 points. Queretaro fall to 3-1-6 (10), and 16th place.