February 15, 2015
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 6 roundup
Cruz Azul 2, Queretaro 1
Christian Gimenez scored his 100th Liga MX goal, a 61st-minute penalty kick, to give Cruz Azul a 2-1 win over Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
The Gallos Blancos took a 1-0 lead on Patricio Rubio's 28th-minute blast to the left post, but finished the first half in a 1-1 draw after Alamao put La Maquina on the board, also from the penalty spot, after Yasser Corona was whistled for handling the ball. Another Corona misplay, which brought Alemao down in the penalty area, set the stage for the game-winner.
La Maquina top the Clausura table at 4-2-0 and 14 points. Queretaro (1-2-3, 5) fall to 14th place.
Tijuana 3, Pumas 0
Juan Arango led the way with a brace as Tijuana (4-1-1, 13 pts) pounded Pumas 3-0 Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Alfredo Moreno opened the Xolos scoring in the 18th minute, eluding three defenders before slotting a shot past netminder Alfredo Salvidar. Arango doubled Tijuana's lead three minutes later, with a 20-yard free kick, and capped the win with a penalty kick in the 79th.
Pumas fall to 1-2-3 (5).
America 5, Chiapas 0
Club America romped past Chiapas 5-0 Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Osvaldo Martinez opened the Aguilas scoring in the sixth minute, catching goalkeeper Oscar Jimenez out of position with a spectacular shot from just inside midfield. Miguel Samudio made the score 2-0 in the 32nd, and Dario Benedetto, who forced the turnover that led to Samudio's goal, connected from close range ten minutes later to leave the halftime margin 3-0. Oribe Peralta closed things out with a second-half brace, scoring in the 55th and 73rd minutes.
The victory leaves America (3-2-1) third on the table with 11 points. Jaguares drop to 12th place at 2-2-2 (8).
Puebla 2, Monterrey 0
Puebla (2-2-2, 8 pts) scored twice in as many minutes to defeat Monterrey 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Universitario BUAP.
Luis Rey snapped the scoreless deadlock two minutes after the intermission, taking his own penalty kick after being taken down in the box. Matias Alustiza headed home an insurance goal in the 50th minute.
The loss leaves the Rayados in 17th place with only four points from six games (1-1-4).
Tigres 1, Morelia 0
Jesus Duenas scored the only goal Tigres needed to nip struggling Morelia 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Duenas scored in the 64th minute, pushing home the rebound of Rafael Sobis' shot from the edge of the penalty area. Tigres (3-0-3, 9 pts) held on for the win despite losing forward Enrique Esqueda to a red card in the 78th minute.
Morelia trail the Clausura field at 0-3-3 (3).
Leon 2, Leones Negros 1
Leon (2-2-2, 8 pts)edged Leones Negros 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Miguel Sabah put the Esmeraldas on the board with a diving header in the 12th minute, and Nacho Gonzalez won the game with a 54th-minute header. Substitute Juan Luis Anangono saved U de G (1-1-4, 4 pts) from the shutout with a header in the 66th minute, ten seconds after taking the field. Fourteen minutes later, midfielder Fidel Martinez picked up his second yellow card of the match and was sent off, leaving Leones Negros shorthanded for the final ten minutes of the match.
Pachuca 3, Atlas 1
Pachuca picked up a 3-1 road win over Atlas Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The Zorros (3-1-2, 10 pts) put themselves in an early hole when Juan Pablo Rodriguez redirected Jurgen Damm's cross into his own net in the 30th minute. The 1-0 score held through the intermission, before Damm netted the Tuzos' game-winner. Rodrigo Millar took one back for Atlas in the 66th minute, but Hirving Lozano responded for the visitors in the 75th. Damm also played a role in that goal, winning the ball from defender Edgar Castillo to set up the score.
Pachuca improve to 2-1-3 and seven points.
Toluca 2, Santos Laguna 2
Santos Laguna (3-1-2, 10 pts) rallied twice, on two goals by Hernan Gonzalez, to finish in a 2-2 tie with Toluca (2-3-1, 9) Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Paulo Da Silva got the Diablos Rojos off to a lightning start with a counterattacking goal in the third minute. Gonzalez responded ten minutes later. Marco Bueno restored Toluca's lead in the 32nd minute, only to see Gonzalez snatch the point back in the 90th minute, with a shot to the lower corner from the edge of the box.
Chivas 0, Veracruz 0
Chivas and Veracruz played to a scoreless draw Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
The Tiburones seized the early momentum, with Julio Furch sending an early shot just wide of the left post and Daniel Villalba having a short-range goal called back for offside. After the intermission, Giovani Hernandez appeared to score for the Herd, but saw the strike nullified because of a foul on the play.
The result leaves The Herd in tenth place at 2-2-2 and eight points, and Veracruz in fifth at 2-4-0 (10).