November 2, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Match Day 15 roundup
Morelia 2, Monterrey 1
Morelia shook off an early own goal by Carlos Guzman to notch their second win of the Apertura season, 2-1 over Monterrey Friday at Estadio Morelos.
Guzman's misplay of Efrain Velarde's cross put the fifth-place Rayados (7-3-4, 24 pts) on the board in the 44th minute. David Depetris leveled the score for Monarcas (2-4-9, 10 pts) off a setup pass from Joel Huiqui in the 54th, and Hibert Ruiz clinched the rare victory off a corner kick in the 74th. Morelia held on for the win despite playing the final 13 minutes shorthanded after Depetris drew a straight red card.
Toluca 1, Tijuana 0
Isaac Brizuela scored in the 25th minute and Toluca held on for a 1-0 win over Tijuana Friday at Estadio Caliente, guaranteeing themselves a spot in the Apertura playoffs.
Netminder Alfredo Talavera did his part to preserve the win with a clutch save on Tijuana's Alfredo Moreno in the 75th minute.
The Diablos Rojos are second on the table at 8-4-3 and 28 points. Xolos fall to 3-8-4, in 13th place with 17 points.
America 0, Chivas 0
The Clasico Nacional finished scoreless as Club America and Chivas de Guadalajara played to a 0-0 draw Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Chances were at a premium as the teams spent much of the match mired in midfield. Paul Aguilar put a dangerous header on goal after the intermission, but defender Carlos Salcido darted in to sweep the ball out of danger. Oribe Peralta challenged with another header for first-place America (9-3-3, 30 pts) in the 82nd minute, but netminder Jose Antonio Rodriguez blocked the shot away from the lower corner.
The draw leaves Chivas in 17th place with 12 points (2-6-6).
Puebla 1, Pachuca 1
Pachuca rallied to a 1-1 draw with Puebla Saturday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Luis Noriega staked La Franja (2-8-5, 14 pts) to a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute, scoring off a long throw into the center of the penalty area. Ariel Nahuelpan knotted the score 1-1 from the penalty spot in the 76th, six minutes after another potential equalizer was called back for offside.
The Tuzos are in seventh place at 6-4-5 and 22 points.
Tigres 1, Queretaro 0
Juninho scored the only goal third-place Tigres (7-6-2, 27 pts) needed to edge Queretaro 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Both teams came out on the attack. Queretaro's William Da Silva forced a save from goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman in the 23rd minute, and Herculez Gomez countered countered for Tigres in the 34th, only to be foiled by 'keeper Yasser Corona.
Juninho finally broke the scoreless tie with a powerful shot from distance in the 74th minute.
The Gallos Blancos are 11th on the table at 5-3-7 (18).
Leon 4, Atlas 0
Leon romped to their fourth straight win, 4-0 over Atlas Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Mauro Boselli opened the scoring with an eighth-minute penalty kick, and the Esmeraldas pulled away with a flurry of second-half goals, starting with Carlos Pena's 52nd-minute header. Boselli connected again to make the score 3-0 in the 59th minute, and Yamilson Rivera came off the bench to force a turnover and close things out in the 68th.
The victory lifts the defending champions into eighth place at 7-0-8 and 21 points. The Zorros (8-3-4, 27) drop to fourth.
Jaguares 0, Cruz Azul 0
Jaguares and Cruz Azul played to a scoreless tie Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Chiapas are sixth on the table at 5-7-3 and 22 points, while La Maquina are just outside of playoff position at 5-5-5 (20).
Leones Negros 1, Santos Laguna 1
Leones Negros played Santos Laguna to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Djaniny gave tenth-place Santos (4-7-4, 19 pts) an early lead, with a goal in the27th minute. Hector Reynoso equalized for U de G (2-7-6, 13) with a 71st-minute penalty kick.
Javier Orozco set the table for Djaniny with a pass into the goal area.
Pumas 0, Veracruz 0
Pumas outshot Veracruz 25-9 on Sunday, but could do no better than a scoreless draw at Estadio Universitario Olimpico.
Luis Sanchez came closest to snatching the win for Veracruz (3-6-6, 15 pts), hitting the post in the 86th minute. UNAM's best opportunity also came late, when Eduardo Herrera sent a shot to the lower corner, only to be foiled by netminder Many Garcia.
Pumas are in 12th place at 4-6-5 (18 pts).