January 24, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 3 roundup
Queretaro 3, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Queretaro (1-0-2, 3 pts) shut out Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Carlos Fierro opened the scoring in the 20th minute, finishing with a header off a give-and-go with Yasser Corona. Corona doubled the Gallos Blancos' lead from just off the post in the 32nd. Edgar Benitez completed the rout with a penalty kick in the 86th minute, after a foul in the box by defender Nestor Vidrio.
Dorados' best chance to get on the board came early, when Daniel Arreola cracked a shot off the post. They remain at the bottom of the table with no points from their first three games.
Santos Laguna 3, Tijuana 1
Santos Laguna (2-0-1, 6 pts) scored two goals in the last seven minutes to rally past Tijuana 3-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Ulises Davila won the game with a long left-footer in the 83rd minute, and Martin Bravo added an insurance tally in the 90th.
Djaniny put the Guerreros up 1-0 with a blast from outside the arc in the 28th minute. Henry Martin gave Xolos (1-1-1, 4) a spark of life with a 75th-minute equalizer, running onto a pass and eluding defender Carlos Izquierdos before uncorking a shot.
Pachuca 4, America 1
Pachuca pulled away from Club America 4-1 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Francisco Jara scored the game-winner off Rodolfo Pizarro's rebound in the 29th minute, nine minutes after Aguilas defender Ventura Alvarado opened things up by deflecting a Pachuca corner kick into his own goal.
Rubens Sambueza took one back for America with a left-footer in the 71st minute, but Pachuca countered with a pair of late goals, by Hirving Lozano in the 87th minute and Victor Guzman in the second minute of stoppage time.
The win leaves Pachuca in third place at 2-1-0 and seven points. #6 America fall to 1-1-1 (4).
Monterrey 1, Atlas 0
Carlos Sanchez scored the only goal Monterrey (3-0-0, 9 pts) needed to post their third win of the season, 1-0 over Atlas Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Sanchez finished off a three-pass sequence that started with Edwin Cardona on the right flank. Cardona fed the ball to Rogelio Funes Mori, who cut the ball back from near the end line to Sanchez.
Franco Arizala had the best chance to equalize for the Zorros (1-0-2, 3 pts), cracking a second-half shot off the crossbar.
Leon 3, Cruz Azul 2
Fernando Navarro led the way with a race as table-topping Leon (3-0-0, 9 pts) outlasted Cruz Azul 3-2 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
All of the 3-0-0 Esmeraldas goals came within a ten-minute span, capped by German Cano's 73rd-minute header. Navarro flicked the ball home in the 63rd, countering a 16th-minute rebound strike by La Maquina's Fabio Santos. Navarro scored again with a left-footer in the 67th, only to see Ariel Rojas lift Cruz Azul (0-2-1, 2) into a 2-2 tie with a header seconds later.
Morelia 1, Toluca 1
Toluca gave away two points on Saturday, settling for a 1-1 draw with Morelia at Estadio Morelos.
Enrique Triverio staked Toluca (1-1-1, 4 pts) to a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, picking off a pass by netminder Felipe Rodriguez, but the Diablos Rojos let 17th-place Morelia (0-2-1, 2) back into the match with an own goal by Aaron Galindo in the 67th.
Galindo's miscue might well have delivered the win to Monarcas, who had an apparent goal called back for offside in the 15th minute.
Chiapas 1, Veracruz 1
Jaguares and Veracruz traded early goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Horacio Cervantes gave #16 Veracruz (0-2-1, 2 pts) a short-lived 1-0 lead with a header in the 29th minute. Emiliano Armentero leveled the score with a free kick three minutes later, lifting Jaguares into eighth place at 1-1-1 (4).
Puebla 1, Pumas 0
Matias Alustiza's 29th-minute goal held up as the game-winner as tenth-place Puebla (1-1-1 (4 pts) edged Pumas 1-0 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Alustiza connected with a header off an assist from Christian Bermudez, and hit the crossbar late in the match..
Eduardo Herrera had the best looks for Pumas (1-0-3, 3), hitting the post in the early minutes and missing by inches in the first minute after intermission.
La Franja played the final five minutes shorthanded after goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini picked up his second yellow card of the match and was sent off.
Chivas 2, Tigres 2
Carlos Cisneros scored in the 73rd minute to lift Chivas de Guadalajara into a 2-2 tie with Tigres Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Chivas led for much of the match after Orbelin Pineda opened the scoring in the 27th minute, connected off the rebound after netminder Nahuel Guzman misplayed a Raul Lopez free kick. It took the defending champions until the 56th minute to equalize on a goal by Fernando Fernandez, assisted by Guido Pizarro, but then only another two minutes for Rafael Sobis to give them the lead.
Cisneros was in the right place at the right time as Chivas unleashed a flurry of shots, snagging the last in a series of rebounds to level the score.
The draw leaves Tigres fifth on the table at 1-1-1 (4 pts), and Chivas in 11th place at 0-3-0 (3).