November 1, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 15 roundup
Queretaro 3, Monterrey 1
Queretaro (6-3-6, 21 pts) defeated Monterrey 3-1 Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Edgar Benitez scored twice for the Gallos Blancos, starting with the game-winner in the 31st minute, barely a minute after Orbelin Pineda's header put Queretaro on the board. He completed his brace in the 58th, making the score 3-0.
Edwin Cardona took one back for the Rayados (5-5-5, 20) with a 25-yard free kick in the 85th minute.
Pumas 2, Tijuana 1
Pumas (10-1-4, 31 pts) rallied past Tijuana 2-1 Friday at Estadio Caliente to nail down a spot in the Liguilla playoffs.
Juan Arango gave Xolos (4-1-10, 13) their only lead in the 31st minute, with a booming free kick from outside the arc. Eduardo Herrera leveled the score two minutes before halftime, finishing off a counterattack started by David Cabrera, and Ismael Sosa sealed the win off Daniel Luduena's assist in the 59th.
Cruz Azul 1, Veracruz 1
Gabriel Penalba converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute to lift Veracruz (7-2-5, 23 pts) into a 1-1 tie with Cruz Azul (4-4-6, 16 pts) Saturday at Estadio Azul.
La Maquina led for much of the match after Lucas Silva opened the scoring from distance after a blocked shot sailed to the top of the arc in the 17th minute. Joao Rojas had the best chance to make the score 2-0, but had his shot saved off the line by defender Jesus Paganoni.
Penalba went to the spot after Julion Furch was fouled in the box.
Tigres 2, Santos Laguna 2
Tigres (7-3-4, 24 pts) and Santos Laguna battled to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Javier Orozco was the hero for the Guerreros (3-5-7, 14), running onto a long service from Nestor Araujo and leveling the score in the second minute of stoppage time.
Tigres took control early, with an eighth-minute goal by Andre-Pierre Gignac. Jurgen Damm had the assist, and Gignac finished with a header. Edigio Arevalo doubled the lead from just inside the penalty area in the 58th. the score might have been 3-0. but Gignac could not get his penalty kick past netminder Agustin Marchessin.
Djaniny started the Santos comeback with a goal in the 70th minute, tapping in the ball from just off the goal line.
Leon 2, Atlas 1
Leon (9-0-6, 27 pts) edged Atlas 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
The Zorros (5-2-7, 17) set the Esmeraldas on their heels in the second minute, when Daniel Alvarez opened the scoring with a free kick, and the Esmeraldas suffered another blow when defender Juan Gonzalez collected his second yellow card of the match and was ejected in the 29th.
Nevertheless, Leon rallied for the win. Miguel Ibarra tied the score with a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the eighth minute, and Mauro Boselli delivered the win ten minutes later.
Morelia 4, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Morelia (6-2-7, 20 pts) routed Dorados de Sinaloa 4-0 Saturday at Estadio Morelos.
Jefferson Cuero led Monarcas with goals in the 37th and 47th minutes. Ignacio Gonzalez made the score 3-0 in the 52nd, and Rodrigo Millar rounded things out in the 88th.
Last-place Dorados fall to 2-5-7 and 11 points.
Chiapas 1, Puebla 0
Luis Venegas scored the only goal Chiapas (6-5-4, 23 pts) needed to slip past Puebla 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Venegas scored in the 40th minute, on a shot that deflected off defender Carlos Gutierrez on its way into the goal. Aviles Hurtado threatened to double Jaguares' lead in the 68th minute, catching netminder Cristian Campestrini off guard, but the 'keeper recovered in time to parry the ball away from the upper corner.
Puebla fall to 7-2-6 (23).
America 3, Toluca 2
Club America (9-0-6, 27 pts) blew a two-goal lead, but managed to slip past Toluca 3-2 on Dario Benedetto's 82nd minute goal Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Darwin Quintero put the Aguilas on the board in the 19th minute, after stealing the ball from defender Francisco Gamboa, and Osvaldo Martinez sent them into halftime with a 2-0 lead by scoring in the 43rd.
The Diablos Rojos (8-2-5, 26) rallied with a quick brace from Enrique Triverio, who scored in the 72nd and 78th minutes. The first goal was a spectacular solo effort that saw him beat three defenders in the penalty area before unleashing the shot.
Benedetto saved the day for America with an assist from Paul Aguilar.
Chivas 4, Pachuca 4
Omar Bravo's 73rd-minute penalty kick lifted Chivas de Guadalajara into a wild 4-4 draw with Pachuca Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
After surrendering a third-minute goal to Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who collected the rebound after Hirving Lozano's long attempt was blocked, the Herd appeared to take control of the match with a run of three unanswered goals. Angel Zaldivar scored twice, with a header in the 16th minute and a poorly struck but well placed shot in the 33rd, sandwiching Michel Vasquez's 17th minute strike.
The Tuzus unleashed some fireworks of their own after the intermission, however. Hugo Rodriguez began the comeback in the 60th minute. Franco Jara tied the score 3-3 four minutes later, and restored Pachuca's one-goal lead from the penalty spot in the 67th.