August 17, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 5 roundup
Leon 2, Pumas 1
Miguel Sabah’s 85th-minute goal lifted Leon to a 2-1 win over Pumas Thursday at Estadio Nou Camp.
UNAM took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute, on a header by Dario Veron, but gave it back in the 75th, when defender Luis Fuentes put the ball into his own net while trying to clear a pass into the box from Marcos Caicedo.
Sabah snatched the win with a snap header to the upper left corner from near the penalty spot.
The Esmeraldas improve to 2-0-3 and six points, while Pumas fall to 1-0-4 (3). UNAM coach Jose Luis Trejo was fired the next day and replaced on an interim basis by David Patino Oviedo.
Queretaro 0, Veracruz 0
Queretaro and Veracruz battled to a scoreless draw Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Things picked up a bit after a lackluster first half, with Danilinho forcing Veracruz ‘keeper Meliton Hernandez into a tough reaction save shortly after the intermission. Jehu Chiapas hit the post for Veracruz in the 61st, but that was as close as either team got to breaking the deadlock.
The result leaves the Gallos Blancos at 3-1-1 and 10 points, and the Tiburones Rojos at 1-3-1 (6).
Tijuana 2, Jaguares 1
Dario Benedetto scored twice to give Tijuana their first win of the Apertura season, 2-1 over Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Caliente.
Both teams played the second half without their head coaches, who were dismissed after an altercation at halftime.
Benedetto opened the scoring in the fourth minute, breaking in alone on goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez, and netted the game-winner in the 55th after a turnover by defender Edgar Duenas.
Matias Vuoso took one back for Chiapas (2-1-2, 7 pts)in the 85th minute.
Tijuana have five points through their first five games (1-2-2).
America 3, Morelia 2
Cub America needed a stoppage time goal from Oribe Peralta to extend their perfect start to the Apertura season with a 3-2 win over Morelia Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
The Aguilas led 1-0 at halftime after Pablo Aguilar scored with a header from just off the goal line in the 38th minute. Duvier Riascos got his head on a service from Carlos Morales to equalize for Monarcas in the 51st, but Rubens Sambueza restored America’s advantage from the middle of the penalty area just five minutes later. David Depetris puled Morelia level one last time off a rebound in the 75th , barely a minute after coming off the bench.
America top the Apertura table at 5-0-0 and 15 points. Morelia are 17th of the 18 teams at 0-2-3 (2).
Puebla 1, Tigres 1
Puebla and Tigres scored within five minutes of each other on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Substitute Flavio Santos gave La Franja a short-lived 1-0 lead in the 59th minute. Joffre Guerron connected for Tigres with a rocket shot in the 64th.
Puebla are well back in the standings at 1-2-2 and five points. The draw leaves Tigres at 1-3-1 (6).
Monterrey 3, Cruz Azul 1
Dorlan Pablon had a hat trick as Monterrey defeated Cruz Azul 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Pabon scored in the 38th, 66th and 72nd minutes. The first shot beat netminder Jesus Corona from distance. The second came after Pabon faked his way past a defender and threaded a shot into the net, and the third was an impressive volley. Joao Rojas headed home the lone goal for La Maquina, in the 47th. An apparent tally seconds after the opening kickoff was called back after Marco Fabian was ruled to have handled the ball.
The Rayados finish Week 5 third in the standings at 3-1-1 and ten points. Cruz Azul fall to 1-2-2 (5).
Atlas 1, Leones Negros 0
Luis Caballero converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to give second-place Atlas (4-1-0, 13 pts) a 1-0 win over Leones Negros (0-1-3, 1) Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The visitors played the final 21 minutes shorthanded after Diego Campos collected his second yellow card and was sent off in the 69th. Coach Luis Alfonso Sosa also was dismissed, in the 90th.
Toluca 3, Pachuca 0
Pablo Velasquez led the way with a brace as Toluca blanked Pachuca 3-0 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Paulo da Silva’s game-winner came in just the seventh minute. Velasquez turned the match into a rout with goals in the 60th and 67th.
Da Silva’s goal was headed in off Miguel Herrera’s corner kick. He came close to doubling Toluca’s lead with another header in the 34th minute, but hit the post.
Carlos Esquivel set the table for Velasquez’ first goal with a right-side cross. Seven minutes later, Velasquez snagged a rebound in the box and turned it back against netminder Oscar Perez to ice the win.
The win leaves the Diablos Rojos at 2-2-1 and eight points. The Tuzos fall to 2-0-3 (6).
Santos Laguna 1, Chivas 0
Darwin Quintero’s 87th-minute goal gave Santos Laguna a 1-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Neither team created much danger on attack, although the Herd’s Carlos Fierro did force Santos ‘keeper Oswaldo Sanchez to deflect a dangerous shot in the 52nd minute.
Quintero finally sealed the win after an impressive dribbling run in from midfield.