September 21, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 9 roundup
Pumas 3, Morelia 2
Pumas ran up a three-goal lead and held on to edge Morelia 3-2 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Winless Monarcas (0-3-6, 3 pts) staked the visitors to an early lead with an own goal by Jose Olvera, who sent a header into his own net in the 23rd minute. Eduardo Herrera doubled UNAM’s lead with a flashy 47th minute volley, and Ismael Sosa netted the game-winner in the 55th.
Erick Aguirre, making just his fourth first-division appearance, started Morelia’s comeback in the 65th minute by banking a shot off the crossbar and in, and Carlos Guzman took things down to the wire with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
Pumas improve to 3-2-4 and 11 points.
Tijuana 4, Santos Laguna 1
Alfredo Moreno led the way with a brace as Tijuana stormed past Santos Laguna 4-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Moreno opened the scoring in the third minute, but the game entered halftime tied after Juan Pablo Rodriguez converted a penalty kick for Santos in the 36th. Santos narrowly missed taking the lead before the intermission, when Mauro Cejas sent a shot off the post.
Xolos (2-5-2, 11 pts) blew things open after the break, getting unanswered goals from Moreno in the 47th minute, Dario Benedetto in the 54th and Dayro Moreno in the 90th.
Fifth-place Santos fall to 4-3-2 (15 pts).
America 2, Pachuca 1
Club America edged Pachuca 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
America’s Paul Aguilar came close to opening the scoring in the first minute, but hit the bar. Half an hour later, the Tuzos gifted America a 1-0 lead when Daniel Arreola put a poorly-struck clearance into his own net. Arreola made amends in the 78th, setting the table as Ariel Nahuelpan equalized for Pachuca, but Miguel Layun restored the Aguilas advantage barely a minute later with a clinical right-footed finish off a cross from Rubens Sambueza.
America (6-2-1) top the table with 20 points. The Tuzos fall to 4-1-4 and 13 points, for ninth place.
Puebla 1, Jaguares 1
Luis Noriega scored in the 69th minute to lift Puebla into a 1-1 tie with Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Matias Vuoso staked Chiapas to a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute, getting his head on a picturebook cross from Luis Rodriguez. Noriega’s equalizer deflected off a defender on its way into the net.
The result leaves Jaguares in eighth place at 3-4-2 (13 pts). La Franja improve to 2-4-3 (10).
Tigres 1, Leones Negros 0
Edgar Lugo scored the only goal Tigres needed to defeat Leones Negros 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Lugo connected off a service from Joffre Guerron in the 13th minute, and Tigres (3-4-2, 13 pts) held on for the win despite losing Jose Torres to a red card in the 27th minute.
Leones Negros finish Week 9 in 17th place with six points (1-3-5).
Leon 3, Veracruz 1
Mauro Boselli led the way with two goals as Leon (3-0-6, 9 pts) defeated Veracruz 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Boselli opened the scoring in the 12th minute, from the right side of the penalty area. Marcos Caidedo doubled the Esmeraldas’ lead in the 34th minute, taking advantage of a defensive turnover and slotting a shot to theleft side of the net, but Veracruz (1-5-3, 8 pts) took one back in the 44th minute, five minutes after teammate Carlos Ochoa sent a shot off the bar, with a goal by Daniel Villalva.
Oscar Mascorro came close to leveling the score for the Tiburones, getting a shot at an open net in the 57th minute, but a defender deflected the ball out of danger, and Boselli completed his brace in the 85th to put the game out of reach.
Atlas 2, Cruz Azul 1
Rodrigo Millar’s 80th-minute goal gave Atlas a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Alfonso Gonzalez opened the scoring for the Zorros in the seventh minute. Julio Cesar Dominguez put La Maquina back in the game with a game-tying 55th-minute header. Millar delivered the win with a rocket shot off a rebound. Barely a minute later, Millar was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off.
Atlas remain second on the table at 5-3-1 and 18 points. Struggling Cruz Azul (2-3-4, 9) are 14th on the table.
Toluca 1, Monterrey 0
Lucas Lobos scored with a wicked 20-yard shot to propel Toluca past Monterrey 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
The Diablos have won three straight, and are in third place at 5-2-2 and 17 points. The Rayados (5-1-2, 16) are one place behind.
Queretaro 4, Chivas 1
Ronaldinho scored his first Liga MX goal to start Queretaro on their way to a 4-1 win over shorthanded Chivas de Guadalajara Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
The Brazilian star, who sent a penalty kick soaring into the stands in his league debut last week, was better from the spot on Sunday, putting the Gallos Blancos on the board on a penalty in the sixth minute after Carlos Salcido used his hand to block a shot by Camilo Sanvezzo. Salcido was red-carded on the play, leaving the Herd to play the remaining 85 minutes with ten men.
Sanvezzo netted the game-winner in the 70th minute, off Ronaldinho’s set-up pass, and William Da Silva made the score 3-0 from distance in the 76th.
Giovani Hernandez saved Chivas from the shutout in the 85th minute, sending a free kick sailing into the upper left corner, but Othoniel Arce gave Queretaro the last word with a long-range strike in the 90th-minute.
Queretaro end the week in sixth place with 14 points (4-2-3), while Chivas fall to 2-3-3 (9).