March 30, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 13 roundup
Queretaro 2, Tijuana 1
Queretaro put together their first two-game winning streak of the season by defeating Tijuana 2-1 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Ricardo Da Silva scored both goals for the Gallos Blancos, from distance in the 13th minute, and from point-blank range off Victor Guajardo’s service in the 34th . Da Silva’s brace sandwiched a 28th-minute strike from the edge of the penalty area by Tijuana’s Dario Benedetto.
Queretaro improves to 5-1-7 and 16 points. The loss drops the Xolos to 5-2-6 (17).
Santos Laguna 2, Pumas 1
Oribe Peralta scored both goals as Santos Laguna edged Pumas 2-1 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Pumas put the Guerreros on their heels in the second minute, when Dante Lopez snagged his own rebound and beat goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Peralta leveled the score in the 21st, with a volley off a corner kick, and capitalized on an error by goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios to win the game in the first minute of stoppage time, three minutes after UNAM’s Luis Quintana was sent off.
Santos close out week 13 with 20 points (5-5-3). Pumas fall to 5-3-5 (18).
Atlas 3, Cruz Azul 1
Cruz Azul’s hold on the top of the Clausura table dwindled to a single point with Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Atlas at Estadio Azul.
Martin Barragan paced the Zorros with a brace, starting in the second minute, when he ran onto a long ball from Jose Maria Ortigoza and pounded a shot into the upper right corner. Marco Fabian drew La Maquina level in the 13thwith a back-post header off a corner kick, but Maikon Souza nutmegged ‘keeper Jose Corona to deliver the win to Atlas in the 31st. Barragan closed out the scoring in the 43rd.
Atlas improve to 4-5-4 and 17 points, while La Maquina fall to 9-2-2 (29).
Veracruz 3, Pachuca 1
Veracruz picked up their third win of the season on Saturday, beating Pachuca 3-1 at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
The first half was all Tuzos, starting with an own goal by Efrain Cortes in the 10th minute after a botched attempt to block a shot from Cristian Martinez. Enner Valencia took the point back with a header seconds before the intermission to leave the halftime score 1-1. Veracruz roared back with two goals in a three-minute span of the second stanza, starting with Liber Quinones’ game-winner in the 69th. Martinez added an insurance tally in the 72nd minute. Both goals came after a red card to Pachuca’s Hirving Lozano, who had been on the field only three minutes when he was sent off.
Toluca 2, Tigres 1
Toluca (9-1-3, 28 pts) pulled within a point of first place with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tigres at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Pablo Velasquez opened the scoring for the Diablos with a header in the 11th minute. Jose Francisco Torres equalized for Tigres (3-5-5, 14) with a solid left-footer in the 50th, but Raul Nava snatched the win for the hosts in the second minute of stoppage time, finishing off a pinpoint cross to the far post.
Monterrey 3, Atlante 2
Cesar Delgado’s 66th-minute goal was the difference-maker as Monterrey edged Atlante 3-2 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Lucas Silva put the Rayados on the board in the 14th minute, off an assist from Ricardo Osorio. Michael Arroyo equalized from the penalty spot ten minutes later, and it took until the 53rd minute for Monterrey to retake the lead on a goal by Wilson Morelo from the center of the penalty area. Delgado’s clincher made the score 3-1, but Roberto Carlos Gutierrez closed the gap for the Potros off a rebound in the 71st.
The Rayados are 15th on the table at 4-3-6 and 15 points. Sixth-place Atlante are making a run for the playoffs at 5-3-5 (18).
Jaguares 1, Morelia 0
Jaguares pulled out a dramatic 1-0 win over Morelia Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Wilberto Cosme scored the only goal of the match with a quick header in stoppage time, snatching the three points for Chiapas, who move into 13th place and are tied on points with Morelia at 16 (4-4-5).
Puebla 1, Leon 1
Puebla rallied to a 1-1 draw with Leon Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Luis Noriega latched onto a pass from Carlos Sanchez and leveled the score for La Franja in the 74th minute, countering a 48th-minute tally by Leon’s Carlos Pena, who beat netminder Jorge Villalpando one-on-one.
The point was not enough to lift 2-5-6 (11 pts) Puebla out of the Clausura cellar. The Esmeraldas still have a shot at the postseason at 4-4-5 (16).
America 4, Chivas 0
Club America manhandled Chivas de Guadalajara 4-0 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Luis Gabriel Rey got the Aguilas off to a blistering start, scoring on a tap-in in the ninth minute and making defender Jair Pereira pay for a bad clearance in the 14th . Raul Jimenez made the score 3-0 in the 55th minute, and Luis Angel Mendoza closed things out in the 73rd.
While the outcome was never in doubt, Aldo Di Nigris had the best chance to put Chivas on the board, forcing netminder Moises Munoz to save a header shortly before Mendoza’s goal.
The Aguilas take over fourth place on the table with 20 points (6-2-5). Hivas are tenth at 4-5-4 (17).