April 13, 2014
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 15 roundup
Queretaro 1, Atlas 0
Camilo Sanvezzo scored his second goal in as many games to lift Queretaro over Atlas 1-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Both teams contented themselves with long-range attempts before the intermission. Atlas youngter Martin Barragan came closest, hitting the post. Sanvezzo snapped the scoreless tie in the 69th minute, with a header off a corner kick.
The Gallos Blancos improve to 6-2-7 and 20 points, and move past Atlas (4-6-5, 18) in the standings.
Veracruz 1, Pumas 1
Veracruz and Pumas played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Alfredo Moreno gave Veracruz the early advantage, scoring off a header in the 19th minute. Jose Carlos Van Rankin snagged a rebound and leveled the score in the 50th. Pumas held on for the point despite playing the last 16 minutes shorthanded and without starting goalkeeper Marco Palacios, who picked up two yellow cards in five minutes.
The result leaves Pumas at 6-4-5 and 22 points. Veracruz remain near the bottom of the standings at 3-6-6 (15).
Cruz Azul 2, Pachuca 2
Cruz Azul scored twice in the final seven minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie with Pachuca Saturday at Estadio Azul.
La Maquina’s comeback spoiled an epic performance by Pachuca’s Enner Valencia, who scored in the 57th and 62nd minute to give the Tuzos a 2-0 advantage that they ultimately could not defend. Christian Jimenez made it a one-goal game in the 83rd minute, and Michael Farfan netted the 2-2 equalizer in the first minute of stoppage time.
Valencia leads the league in scoring with 12 goals.
Cruz Azul (10-3-2, 33 pts) retain their hold on first place, while the Tuzos are solidly in playoff contention at 6-3-6 (21).
Tigres 1, Tijuana 1
After trailing for most of the match, Tijuana rallied to a 1-1 tie with Copa MX champions Tigres Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Carlos Salcido staked Tigres (4-6-5, 18 pts) to a 1-0 lead off Guido Pizarro’s rebound in the eighth minute. Pizarro almost made the score 2-0 before the intermission, but hit the crossbar.
It took the Xolos until the 84th to draw level, with a shorthanded goal by Richard Ruiz. Tijuana (6-3-6, 21) was playing with ten men after Jaimen Ayovi received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 77th minute.
Jaguares 1, Monterrey 1
15th-place Jaguares and #16 Monterrey played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Neri Cardozo capitalized on a turnover by Javier Munoz Mustafa to open the Rayados scoring in the 12th minute. Munoz atoned for the error in the 75th minute, banging home the rebound after goalkeeper Juan de Dios Ibarra blocked a free kick.
Both teams have 4-5-6 records and 17 points.
Toluca 2, Leon 1
Toluca scored on both sides of halftime to nail down a 2-1 win over Leon Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Mauricio Castaneda gave Leon a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, finishing from close range after a right-side corner kick, but Gabriel Velasco connected with a booming shot to the lower corner of the net for Toluca in the 40th to send the teams into halftime tied 1-1. Ricardo Rojas netted the clincher from the upper corner of the penalty area in the 56thminute.
Toluca (10-1-4, 31 pts)) close to within two points of league leaders Cruz Azul, while the Esmeraldas are in 14th place at 4-5-6 (17).
America 1, Puebla 0
Miguel Layun scored in the first minute and that was all Club America needed to defeat Puebla 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Layun blasted a low shot past stunned ‘keeper Jorge Villalpando to deliver the win. La Franja played the final half-hour shorthanded after Uriel Alvarez received a straight red card in the 60th minute.
The win leaves America fourth on the Clausura table at 7-2-6 an 23 points. Puebla, whoare in danger of being relegated at season’s end, trail the field at 2-6-7 (12).
Chivas 1, Morelia 1
Chivas de Guadalajara staked Morelia to an early lead, but rallied to tie the score 1-1 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Jorge Zarate put Morelia on the board seconds after the opening kickoff, threading his way through the Chivas defense before launching a shot from near the penalty spot. Carlos Rodriguez headed home the equalizer off a pinpoint far post cross in the 53rd.
The draw gives Chivas (5-6-4) possession of playoff-eligible eighth place in the Clausura standings with 21 points. Monarcas are 11th at 4-6-5 (18).
Santos Laguna 4, Atlante 3
Darwin Quintero’s hat trick trumped Luis Madrigal’s brace as Santos Laguna edged Atlante 4-3 Sunday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Quintero opened up a 2-0 Santos lead with goals in the 18th and 32nd minutes, the first of them a “gol olimpico” off a corner kick. Angel Sepulveda put the Potros on the board in the 57th, eight minutes after Michael Arroyo racked an Atlante penalty kick off the crossbar, but Santos Laguna responded with a goal by Jose Abella in the 78th. Madrigal again trimmed the Guerreros’ lead in the 87th, but Santos countered even more quickly, as Quintero scored for the third time less than a minute later. Madrigal completed his brace in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Santos Laguna are third on the table at 6-6-3 (24 pts). Atlante (5-3-7, 18) are 13th.