September 20, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 9 roundup
Veracruz 2, Puebla 1
Veracruz capitalized on a man advantage to rally past Atlas 2-1 Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
La Franja (4-0-4, 12 pts) took a 1-0 lead on Francisco Torres' free kick from the top of the arc in the 43rd minute, but could not hold it after losing defender Ramon Arias to a red card in the 60th minute. Newcomer Anibal Zurdo leveled the score for the Tiburones Rojos (5-1-3, 16 pts) off a cross from Emmanuel Garcia ten minutes after the expulsion, and Julio Furch redirected Fernando Meneses' pass back from the baseline into the net to seal the win in the 82nd.
Atlas 2, Santos Laguna 0
Atlas (4-1-4, 13 pts) scored twice in three minutes to beat Santos Laguna 2-0 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Gonzalo Bergessio played a role in both Zorros goals, assisting on the game-winning left-footed volley by Arturo Gonzalez in the 67th minute and adding an insurance goal in the 70th.
The Guerreros trail the Apertura field at 2-1-6 and seven points.
Cruz Azul 2, Pumas 1
Christian Gimenez converted two penalty kicks as Cruz Azul upset Pumas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Gimenez scored in the sixth and 68th minutes, sandwiching Javier Cortes' long blast for Pumas in the 43rd minute.
The first spot kick was awarded after Joao Rojas was fouled in the box. Cortes responded with the game-tying free kick, but another key foul, this time on Fabio Santos, set up Gimenez's game-winner.
La Maquina are in 15th place at 3-1-5 and ten points. the loss drops Pumas to second place at 6-0-3 (18).
Tigres 3, Monterrey 1
Tigres came up with three second-half goals to rally past Monterrey 3-1 in Saturday's Clasico Regio at Estadio Universitario.
The Rayados led 1-0 at the intermission after Rogelio Funes Mori volleyed home a booming upfield pass from Cesar Montes in the 35th minute. Monterrey were reduced to ten men before the intermission, however, when defender Efrain Juarez received a straight red card in the 43rd minute.
Javier Aquino tied the score 1-1 in the 54th minute, off Jurgen Damm's cross. Pierre Gignac sealed the win with a deflected shot in the 63rd, and Jose Rivas added an insurance goal in the 80th.
The win lifts Tigres into fourth place with 16 points (5-1-3). Monterrey fall to 3-2-3 (11), leavubg them in 12th place.
Leon 2, Tijuana 1
Carlos Pena's 81st-minute goal gave first-place Leon (7-0-2, 21 pts) a 2-1 win over #10 Tijuana (4-0-5, 12) Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Xolos Juan Arango gifted the Esmeraldas a halftime lead by putting the ball into his own net in the 45th minute. Pena's shot into the upper right corner made the score 2-0, providing enough of a cushion to give Leon the win despite conceding a 90th-minute penalty kick converted by Dayro Moreno.
America 3, Morelia 0
Club America scored three goals in five minutes, roaring past Morelia 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Morelos.
Andres Andrade opened the barrage in the 70th minute. Oribe Peralta followed with a rapid-fire brace, in the 74th and 75th minutes. Andrade assisted on the first of Peralta's goals.
The score might easily have been more lopsided, but Darwin Quintero hit the crossbar barely two minutes into the match, and shortly after an apparent goal by Paul Aguilar was called back for offside.
The Aguilas are third on the table at 6-0-3 and 18 points. #11 Monarcas fall to 4-0-5 (12).
Pachuca 2, Dorados de Sinaloa 1
Erick Gutierrez scored in the 55th minute to lift Pachuca (3-1-5, 10 pts) over Dorados de Sinaloa 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Banorte.
Dorados (2-2-5, 8) seized the early advantage with a 13th-minute header by Hector Mancilla, but Hirving Lozano responded seven minutes later, leveling the score for the Tuzos.
Gutierrez delivered the win by slipping a hard shot just inside the post from the top of the penalty area.
Toluca 1, Chiapas 1
Chiapas scored an early goal then gave away the equalizer on their way to a 1-1 tie with Toluca Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Aviles Hurtado staked Jaguares to a 1-0 lead on a counterattack in the 38th minute. Seven minutes into the second half, however, Luis Rodriguez put the Diablos back into the game by heading the ball into his own net.
Toluca are in fifth place at 5-1-3 (16 pts), while Jaguares (4-2-3, 14) are seventh.
Chivas 2, Queretaro 1
Omar Bravo's 56th-minute goal gave Chivas de Guadalajara a desperately-needed win, 2-1 over Queretaro Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Victor Milke had a roller-coaster day for the Gallos Blancos, staking Chivas to a 1-0 lead after beating Bravo to a loose ball then redirecting it into his own net in the 22nd minute, then putting the Gallos Blancos on the board in the 79th, six minutes after Chivas midfielder Marco Fabian was sent off with a straight red card.
Chivas improve to 3-1-5 and ten points. Queretaro are in 16th place at 2-2-5 (8).