April 6, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 14 roundup
Tijuana 3, Toluca 1
Tijuana scored two second-half goals to roar past Toluca 3-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
The teams exchanged goals before the intermission, starting with Dario Benedetto’s 27th-minute header into the upper left corner for the Xolos. Three minutes later, Jorge Sartiaguin leveled the score for Toluca with a long blast off the fingertips of netminder Alfredo Talavera.
Javier Guemez delivered the win from the center of the penalty area in the 56th minute, and Cristian Pellerano added an insurance tally with a spot kick in the 72nd.
The win leaves the Xolos seventh in the standings with 20 points (6-2-6). Second-place Toluca fall to 9-1-4 (28).
Morelia 1, Veracruz 1
Morelia settled for a 1-1 draw with 17th-place Veracruz Friday at Estadio Morelos.
The Tiburones Rojos (3-5-6, 14 pts) took a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute, on a goal by Cristian Martinez, but went down a man in the 61st, when Oscar Mascorro collected his second yellow card of the match. Ignacio Gonzalez equalized for Monarcas (4-5-5, 17) in the 76th, off a quick cross from Aldo Leao.
Cruz Azul 2, America 1
Cruz Azul took a two-goal lead before halftime, and held on to defeat Club America 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Mauro Formica opened the scoring off a corner kick in the 17th minute, and Julio Cesar Dominguez netted the game-winner from point-blank range in the 42nd. Raul Jimenez spoiled netminder Jose Corona’s shutout bid with five minutes left on the clock, despite America’s being a man down after Andres Andrade collected two yellow cards in three minutes and was ejected in the 73rd.
The win leaves La Maquina with a four-point hold on first place at 10-2-2 (32 pts). The Aguilas fall to 6-2-6 (20).
Chivas 3, Pachuca 1
Chivas de Guadalajara defeated Pachuca 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo, in their first match under new head coach Ricardo LaVolpe.
The Herd shook off Enner Valencia’s sixth-minute goal for the Tuzos, knotting the score with a 15th-minute left-footer from Emmanuel Hernandez and never looking back. Carlos Fierro netted the game-winner off a setup pass from Aldo Di Nigris in the 79th minute, and a 90th-minute own goal by Pachuca defender Efrain Cortes, who accidentally deflected Fierro’s rebound into the net, padded the Chivas lead.
The win lifts Chivas into Liguilla-eligible eighth place at 5-5-4. Pachuca close out Week 14 in the #6 spot at 6-2-6. Both teams have 20 points.
Monterrey 2, Santos Laguna 2
Santos Laguna rallied with a pair of second-half goals to tie Monterrey 2-2 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
The first half was all Rayados, with unanswered goals by Lucas Silva in the 23rd minute and Candido Ramirez from the top of the arc in the 32nd. Substitute Sergio Ceballos started the Guerreros’ comeback, getting on the end of Darwin Quintero’s free kick in the 59th minute, and Oribe Peralta equalized off a rebound in the 88th.
The Rayados remain well back in the standings at 4-4-6 and 16 points. Santos Laguna are fourth on the table at 5-6-3 (21).
Leon 1, Queretaro 1
Camilo Sanvezzo scored in the 58th minute to lift Queretaro into a 1-1 tie with Leon Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Sanvezzo’s goal, his first in Liga MX, leveled the score five minutes after Miguel Sabah’s go-ahead penalty kick for Leon. Sabah had a chance to win the game for Leon, again from the penalty spot, but sent the shot over the bar.
The result leaves the Esmeraldas in 11th place at 4-5-5 and 17 points. Queretaro (5-2-7) also have 17 points, and are two spots lower on the table.
Atlas 0, Puebla 0
Atlas and Puebla battled to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio 3 de Marzo.
Atlas (4-6-4, 18 points) remain two points out of playoff contention, in ninth place. Puebla (2-6-6, 12) are at the bottom of the table.
Pumas 2, Jaguares 1
Dante Lopez scored twice in a 10-minute span to lead Pumas past Jaguares 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Lopez opened the scoring in the 34th minute, pouncing on a loose ball coughed up by goalkeeper Alfredo Frausto, and completed his brace in the 44th. Aviles Hurtado scored the lone Jaguares goal, bicycling the ball past netminder Alejandro Palacios in the 79th minute.
The win left Pumas (6-3-5) third on the table with 21 points. Jaguares are 14th at 4-4-6 (16).
Tigres 2, Atlante 0
Alan Pulido handled all the scoring as Tigres blanked Atlante 2-0 Sunday at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo.
Pulido netted the game-winner in the 44th minute, and added a penalty kick for insurance in stoppage time. The score might well have been 3-0, but Lucas Lobos hit the post for Tigres in the 28th minute.
Both teams finished a man short after a double red card confrontation between Tigres’ Jose Torres and Zorros defender Alberto Garcia in the 87th minute.
Tigres improve to 4-5-5 and 17 points. The loss leaves the 10th-place Zorros at 5-3-6 (18).