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LIGA MX

August 30, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 7 roundup


Veracruz 2, Monterrey 1
Daniel Villalva's 75th-minute goal lifted fourth-place Veracruz (4-1-2, 13 pts) over Monterrey 2-1 Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.

The Rayados (3-1-2, 10) seized the early advantage with a goal by Rogelio Funes Mori in the 13th minute, who put away his own rebound after hitting the post. Juan Albin equalized in the 26th, off a set-up pass from Emmanuel Garcia.

Villalva scored the game-winner off a rebound. Julio Furch had a chance to add an insurance goal in the 78th, but netminder Jonathan Orozco stopped his penalty kick.

Monterrey finished the match with nine men on the field after red cards to midfielder Jesus Zavala in the 74th minute and defender Edwin Cardona in the 84th.

Pumas 4, Santos Laguna 3
Ismael Sosa led the way with two goals as Pumas defeated Santos Laguna 4-3 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona to take over second place on the Apertura table.

The last-place Guerreros (1-1-5, 4 pts) held the upper hand for much of the first half, starting with Javier Orozco's goal off a corner kick in the ninth minute. Matias Britos equalized for Pumas (5-0-2, 15) off another set piece in the 27th, only to see Andres Renteria run onto Javier Abella's cross and restore Santos Laguna's lead two minutes later.

Eduardo Herrera snagged a loose ball and knotted the score 2-2 in the 31st minute, and Sosa did the rest. His 44th-minute snap header gave UNAM their first lead of the game at 3-2. Nestor Araujo pulled Santos into a 3-3 tie in the 64th minute, but Sosa responded once again, sealing the victory in the 77th.

America 2, Cruz Azul 0
Club America scored twice in the second half to pull away from Cruz Azul 2-0 in Saturday's Clasico Joven at Estadio Azul.

Oribe Peralta opened the scoring in the 48th minute, and Dario Benedetto added an insurance tally from the upper right corner of the penalty area in the 75th.

Both goalkeepers stepped up to keep things close in the early minutes, with Aguilas netminder Moises Munoz stopping Rafael Baca's one-on-one attempt in the 14th minute and Cementeros 'keeper Jesus Corona diving to keep Paul Aguilar's shot out of the upper left corner three minutes later. Aguilar took his revenge with the assist on Peralta's go-ahead score.

Benedetto padded the lead after running onto a long pass from Osvaldo Martinez and outmaneuvering Corona for a close-range score.

America is third on the table at 5-0-2 and 15 points. Cruz Azul (2-0-5, 6) are in 17th place.

Tigres 5, Queretaro 1
Tigres (3-1-3, 10 pts) scored four times in the first 30 minutes on their way to a 5-1 drubbing of Queretaro (2-2-3, 8) Saturday at Estadio Universitario.

Jesus Duenas put Tigres on the board with a flashy goal in the 18th minute, chesting down a pass from Rafael Sobis and volleying a shot from the top of the arc. Queretaro briefly kept things close with a 1-1 equalizer by Emanuel Villa three minutes later, but Guido Pizarro restored the UANL lead for good in the 24th.

The one-goal-every-three-minutes pace continued with Andre-Pierre Gignac's tally in the 27th minute and a strike by Rafael Sobis off Gignac's rebound in the 30th before things finally cooled down. The 4-1 score held until the 88th minute, when Joffre Guerron closed things out for Tigres.

Pachuca 1, Atlas 1
Aquivaldo Mosquero scored in the 89th minute to lift #15 Pachuca into a 1-1 tie with 16th-place Atlas Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.

Despite being left shorthanded by a 29th-minute red card to defender Walter Kannemann, Atlas (2-1-4, 7 pts) led for most of the second half after Felipe Baloy put them on the board with a poorly-defender header in the 42nd minute.

An apparent Pachuca (2-1-4, 7) equalizer was called back for offside in the 70th minute, but the home team managed to snatch a point when Mosquera got his head on Cristian Penilla's pass into the box.

Tijuana 2, Morelia 1
Tijuana rallied past Morelia 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Morelos.

All the scoring happened in a nine-minute span of the second half. Cristian Pellerano staked Monarcas to a 1-0 lead with a long-range blast in the 60th minute. Javier Gandolfi headed home Juan Arango's service to equalize for Xolos two minutes later, and Martin Henry stripped the ball from Enrique Perez and netted the game-winner in the 69th.

Tijuana improve to 3-0-4 and nine points, and are in tenth place, one up on Morelia (3-0-4, 9).

Dorados de Sinaloa 1, Puebla 0
Christian Suarez scored in the 81st minute to give Dorados de Sinaloa a 1-0 win over Puebla Saturday at Estadio Banorte.

It was the second win of the season for the Apertura newcomers, who are in 13th place at 2-2-3 (8 pts). Fifth-place Puebla fall to 4-0-2 (12).

Puebla netminder Cristian Campestrini did his best to keep things scoreless, prevailing in an early one-on-one encounter with Roberto Nurse and diving to one-hand away a wide-open shot from Fernando Arce in the 74th. But his luck ran out one minute after Suarez came off the bench, when the Dorados forward scored off a corner kick.

Leon 3, Toluca 1
Carlos Pena scored twice in the final eight minutes to lift Apertura leaders Leon (6-0-1, 18 pts) over Toluca 3-1 Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Pena netted the game-winner in the 82nd minute, heading Fernando Navarro's right side cross into the net from the far post, and put the match out of reach six minutes later with an assist from Elias Hernandez.

Toluca (4-0-3, 12) seized an early advantage on Dario Bottinelli's long-range goal in the eighth minute. After being held without a shot on goal for the first half, the Esmeraldas began their comeback with a 57th-minute 20-yarder by Jose "El Gallito" Vasquez.

Chivas 4, Chiapas 1
Omar Bravo led the way with two goals as Chivas posted a rare and much-needed win, 4-1 over Chiapas Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.

The Herd (2-1-4, 7 pts) are in 14th place. Ninth-place Jaguares fall to 3-1-3 (10).

Bravo opened the scoring in the 19th minute, and Jose Ramirez slotted the game-winner on the cusp of halftime.

Abraham Carreno took one back for Jaguares with a shot to the upper right corner in the 76th minute, but Chivas pulled away with a vengeance in the closing minutes, with Bravo converting a penalty kick in the 89th minute and Isaac Brizuela adding a capper in the 90th.

The game might have been closer but Aviles Hurtado was unable to put his 55th-minute penalty kick past Chivas goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez.


   
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