March 16, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 11 roundup
Toluca 2, Queretaro 0
Toluca scored twice in five minutes to pull away from Queretaro 2-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Toluca struggled during the first half, but pulled together after the intermission. Pablo Velasquez snapped the scoreless tie with a header in the 64th minute, and Edy Brambila added an insurance goal off Miguel Ponce’s assist in the 69th.
The Diablos Rojos remain second on the table at 8-1-2 and 25 points. Queretaro fall to 3-1-7 (10).
Atlas 1, Veracruz 0
Maikon Souza scored the only goal Atlas needed to edge Veracruz 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Souza beat goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez in the 22nd minute. Jose Maria Ortigoza set the stage with a clever run down the left wing and pinpoint cross into the penalty area. Atlas netminder Federico Vilar came up big in the closing minutes, diving to block a dangerous long shot from Liber Quinones.
Both teams finished with ten men. Zorros defender Sergio Ponce was sent off with his second yellow card of the match in the 51st minute. Tiburones defender Carlos Cardenas collected two cautions in a 13-minute span, and was ejected in the 69th.
The win leaves Atlas with 13 points (3-4-4). Veracruz are at the bottom of the Clausura standings at -3-6 (9).
Cruz Azul 2, Tijuana 1
Cruz Azul (9-1-1, 28 pts) remained on top of the Clausura standings with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tijuana at Estadio Azul.
Marco Fabian scored both goals for La Maquina, in the 46th and 69th minutes. The first was a long shot slipped into the upper left corner and the game-winner came from the top of the arc. Tijuana led briefly after Richard Ruiz slipped a shot home shortly before halftime, assisted by Paul Arriola.
The Xolos drop to 4-2-5 and 14 points.
Morelia 1, Monterrey 0
Morelia welcomed new coach David Comizzo with a victory on Saturday, edging Monterrey 1-0 at Estadio Tecnologico.
Carlos Morales scored the game’s only goal, drilling a free kick in the 59th minute. Omar Arellano had the best chance for the Rayados, but was thwarted by diving goalkeeper Felipe Rodriguez early in the second half.
Monarcas improve to 4-3-4 and 15 points. The Rayados are in 17th place at 2-3-6 (9).
Santos Laguna 3, Pachuca 1
Santos Laguna rallied with three second-half goals to defeat Pachuca 3-1 Saturday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Jurgen Damm staked the Tuzos to an early lead, scoring in the seventh minute. Although Pachuca were reduced to ten men when Freddy Pajoy received his second tallow card of the match in the 32nd minute, took the Guerreros until the 65th minute to draw level, on a sharp volley to the left corner by Andres Renteria. Javier Orozco delivered the game-winner from the heart of the penalty area in the 81st, and Oribe Peralta closed things out four minutes later.
The result pulls Santos Laguna (4-4-3, 16 pts) within one point and one place of fourth-place Pachuca (5-2-4, 17) in the Clausura standings.
Jaguares 2, America 2
Jaguares (3-4-4, 13 pts) played Club America (5-1-5, 16) to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Chiapas kept the Aguilas on their heels for much of the match, forcing two match-tying comebacks. Lucas Viatri gave Jaguares a 1-0 lead with a shot from distance in the 19th minute, but the first half ended in a 1-1 deadlock after Pablo Aguilar’s header put America on the board in the 38th. Felix Araujo restored Jaguares’ lead at the hour mark, nine minutes before Juan Carlos Valenzuela equalized for America off a corner kick.
Pumas 5, Atlante 0
Martin Bravo scored his eighth and ninth goals of the Clausura campaign to lead Pumas to a 5-0 win over Atlante Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Bravo opened the scoring in the 21st minute, getting on the end of a corner kick to the far post, and connected again in the 43rd, sandwiching a 39th-minute rebound goal by Victor Sosa. Dieo Lagos made the score 4- in the 59th minute, and Dario Veron completed the rout with two minutes left on the clock.
Atlante came closest to spoiling the shutout in the 56th minute, when Michael Arroyo’s shot hit the base of the right post.
The win leaves Pumas (5-3-3) in third place with 18 points. The Potros fall to 4-3-4 (15).
Tigres 1, Puebla 0
Damian Alvarez scored in the 81st minute to lift Tigres over Puebla 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Alvarez scored after a dominating solo run down the left wing, eluding two defenders before hammering the ball home with his right foot.
Tigres improve to 3-5-3 and 14 points. Puebla languish in 15th place at 2-4-5 (10).
Chivas 1, Leon 0
Giovani Hernandez scored in the fifth minute and Chivas de Guadalajara held on for a 1-0 victory over Leon Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Israel Castro created the goal with a long ball into the penalty area. Hernandez ran down the pass and beat netminder William Yarbrough from a sharp angle. Miguel Sabah had a change to equalize for the Esmeraldas before the intermission, but his shot was turned away by netminder Jose Antonio Rodriguez. An apparent second-half equalizer was called back for offside.
The Herd move into seventh place at 4-4-3 and 16 points, while tenth-place Leon fall to 4-2-5 (14).