August 24, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 6 roundup
Tigres 5, Morelia 1
Tigres dominated Morelia 5-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Monarcas staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, with an own goal by defender Luis Cardozo, but David Depetris knotted the score with a header 20 minutes later, and the deadlock held through halftime.
Guido Pizarro delivered the win in the 48th minute, after netminder Felipe Rodriguez mishandled a routine ball, and the rest of the half belonged to Tigres. Emanuel Villa headed home the first insurance goal in the 65th; Dario Burbano connected from the top of the arc in the 76th, and Damian Alvarez completed the rout in the third minute of stoppage time.
Tigres take over sixth place in the Apertura standings at 2-3-1 and 11 points, while Morelia fall to last place at 0-2-4, with only two points from their first six games.
Santos Laguna 3, Toluca 0
Santos Laguna scored two goals in the first five minutes o their way to a 3-0 win over Toluca Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Andres Renteria stole the ball and opened the scoring 12 seconds after the opening kickoff, and Javier Orozco made the score 2-0 off an assist from Mauro Cejas in the fifth minute.
Darwin Quintero put away the capper off a rebound in the 77th minute.
Lucas Lobos had Toluca’s best look at goal, hitting the post in the 52nd minute.
The win leaves Santos Laguna at 3-2-1 and 11 points. The Diablos Rojos fall to 2-2-2 (8).
Cruz Azul 2, Queretaro
Joao Rojas scored in the 77th minute to give Cruz Azul a 2-1 win over Queretaro Saturday at Estadio Azul.
The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime, after Rogelio Chavez converted a penalty kick for La Maquina (2-2-2, 8 pts) in the tenth minute and Camillo Sanvezzo put the Gallos Blancos on the board in the 31st, snagging the ball after Hernan Bernardello’s midfield turnover and outrunning two defenders on his way to goal.
Rojas scored the game-winner off a header after a botched clearance by Mario Osuna.
Queretaro (3-1-2, 10 pts) finished the match shorthanded after Yasser Corona was shown his second yellow card and ejected in the 88th minute.
Veracruz 0, Chivas 0
Veracuz and Chivas de Guadalajara battled to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuentes.
Both teams had their chances, but could not find the mark. Edgar Andrade sent a header off the post for Veracruz in the 28th minute, and the Herd’s Fernando Arce forced netminder Meliton Hernandez into an acrobatic save in the second half.
The Tiburones finish Week 6 at 1-4-1, with seven points. The result leaves Chivas at 1-2-2 (5).
Monterrey 1, Puebla 0
Monterrey edged Puebla 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
Dorlan Pabon scored the only goal of the match, controlling a pass from Humberto Suazo and taking advantage of poor communication between netminder Rodolfo Cota and his backline in the 67th minute.
The Rayados move into second place at 4-1-1 and 13 points, while Puebla falls to 1-2-3 (5).
Pachuca 3, Atlas 1
Matias Alustiza had a natural hat trick as Pachuca (3-0-3, 9 pts) romped past Atlas 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Alustiza opened the scoring with a header two minutes before the intermission, then beat two defenders at the top of the box, then faked netminder Federico Vilar out of position before doubling the Tuzos’ lead in the 49th minute, and converted a penalty kick in the 73rd to make the score 3-0. Arturo Gonzalez pulled one back for the Zorros (4-1-1, 13 pts) in the 77th.
The win could have been even more lopsided, had Atlas defender Facundo Erpen not managed to clear Dieter Villalpando’s shot off the goal line in the 33rd minute.
Jaguares 0, America 0
Jaguares played Apertura leaders Club America to a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, the first blemish of the season on the otherwise perfect Aguilas record (5-1-0, 16 pts).
The draw reduced America’s lead at the top of the table to three points, at 5-1-0. Chiapas are a tiebreaker out of playoff position at 2-2-2 (8).
Both teams mounted lively attacks. America’s Osvaldo Martinez hit the crossbar in the 34th minute, and as the first half wound down, America netminder Moises Munoz came through with a clutch stop on Andres Andrade. Pablo Aguilar became the second America player to crack the woodwork in the 56th minute.
Pumas 1, Tijuana 1
Pumas and Tijuana traded goals late in the first half on their way to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Eduardo Herrera staked Pumas to a short-lived 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. Richard Ruiz equalized for Xolos in the 43rd.
Herrera took advantage of confusion in the penalty area after a series of rebounds to open the scoring. Ruiz finished off a set-up pass from Dario Benedetto for Xolos.
The result leaves Tijuana at 1-3-2 for six points, and UNAM at 1-1-4 (4).
Leones Negros 1, Leon 0
Fidel Martinez’s 69th-minute goal gave Leones Negros their first Liga MX win, 1-0 over Leon Sunday at Estadio Jalisco.
UdeG had a man advantage for most of the mat after Leon’s Edwin Hernandez received a straight red card in the 21st minute. The match ended 10-on-10, however, after Leones captain Leandro Cufre was sent off in the 83rd.
The Esmeraldas fall to 2-0-4 and six points. The win lifts Leones out of the Apertura cellar, leaving them in 17th place at 1-1-03 (4).