March 22, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 11 roundup
Queretaro 2, Atlas 0
Queretaro came up with a pair of second-half goals to defeat Atlas 2-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Mario Osuna netted the game-winner in the 51st minute, darting in to push Ronaldinho's corner kick into the net from just off the near post, and Emanuel Villa added an insurance goal in the 69th.
The victory was only the second of the season for the 17th-place Gallos Blancos (2-6-10, 11 pts), and dropped the Zorros (5-2-4, 17) to sixth place.
Veracruz 4, America 0
Second-place Veracruz (6-2-1, 22 pts) routed Club America 4-0 Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Leiton Jimenez opened the scoring off a rebound in the 15th minute, and Leobardo Lopez doubled the Tiburones lead five minutes before halftime, finishing off a headed assist from Fernando Meneses. A 45th minute red card to America's Darwin Quintero opened the door for Veracruz to romp through the second half as well. Julio Furch forced a turnover and scored at the hour mark, and Michel Vasquez piled on with a fourth unanswered goal in the 80th minute.
Veracruz netminder Meliton Hernandez preserved his clean sheet in dramatic fashion in the 74th minute, diving to block a penalty kick from America's Rubens Sambueza.
The Aguilas fall to 5-3-3 (18).
Santos Laguna 2, Tigres 2
Santos Laguna (3-3-5, 12 pts) blew a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw with Tigres Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Nestor Calderon scored both goals for the Guerreros, from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after defender Nahuel Guzman fouled Djaniny, and on a counterattack started by Djaniny in the 47th. Hernan Rafael Sobis orchestrated Tigres' second-half comeback, feeding the ball in from the right side to set up Hernan Burbano for a header in the 60th minute, and converting a penalty after a handball in the box to knot the score in the 84th.
Tigres are in seventh place at 5--5 (16).
Cruz Azul 2, Tijuana 1
Cruz Azul rallied from an early deficit to down first-place Tijuana 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Xolos (7-2-2, 23 pts) got on the board in the third minute, with a goal by Alfredo Moreno. Roque Santa Cruz, who hit the crossbar with a header in the 14th minute, equalized off Alemao's rebound in the 41st, and Christian Gimenez delivered the win in the 63rd. Cruz Azul (5-4-2, 19) held on for the win despite losing Joao Rojas to a red card for delay of game and dissent in the 64th minute.
Monterrey 5, Leon 1
Dorlan Pabon led the way with two goals as Monterrey (4-1-6, 13 pts) routed Leon 5-1 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Pabon opened the scoring in the seventh minute, after Edwin Cardona forced a turnover on the right side. Luis Montes tied the score briefly with a long-distance blast in the 42nd minute, but Edwin Cardona restored the Rayados' advantage on the cusp of halftime. Monterrey pulled away after the intermission with three unanswered goals. Pabon set the table for Neri Cardozo in the 49th minute, then completed his brace in the 78th. Yimmi Chara closed things out with a powerful right-footer in the 85th.
The Esmeraldas (3-3-5, 12) played the last 27 minutes shorthanded after a red card to defender Fernando Navarro in the 63rd minute.
Pachuca 2, Morelia 0
Pachuca (4-2-5, 14 pts) scored on either side of the intermission on the way to a 2-0 win over last-place Morelia (1-3-7, 6 ) Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Erick Gutierrez sealed the win early, scoring in the 16th minute. Hirving Lozano added the insurance goal in the 63rd. Both goals came from outside the penalty area.
Chiapas 1, Leones Negros 0
Luis Rodriguez scored the only goal Chiapas 4-3-4, 15 pts) needed to edge Leones Negros 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Rodriguez delivered the win in the 23rd minute, snagging the loose ball after 'keeper Humberto Hernandez parried a shot away from the net. Jaguares goalkeeper Sergio Garcia made a clutch save on Jonathan Gonzales in the 65th minute to preserve the win.
U de G are in 14th place with 13 points (4-1-6).
Pumas 2, Puebla 1
Pumas got off on the wrong foot, but recovered to edge Puebla 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Luis Noriega staked La Franja (4-3-4, 15 pts) to a 1-0 lead from the top of the arc 45 seconds after the opening kickoff, but the half ended 1-1 after Ismael Sosa's 45th-minute header for Pumas (4-2-5, 14). Matias Britos snatched the win in the 88th minute, getting his head on a corner kick.
Chivas 1, Toluca 0
Omar Bravo's 48th-minute goal was all Chivas needed to beat Toluca 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Bravo scored off a give-and-go with Marco Fabian. The victory lifted the herd into third place in the Clausura standings.