November 8, 2015
LIGA MX APERTURA
Match Day 16 roundup
Tigres 3, Veracruz 1
Tigres (8-3-5, 27 pts) scored two early goals and held on for a 3-1 win over tenth-place Veracruz (7-2-6, 23) Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Andre-Pierre Gignac put third-place Tigres on the board, hammering Leobardo Lopez' service into the net from inside the arc in the 13th minute, and Javier Aquino netted the game-winner ten minutes later. Jurgen Damm did the heavy lifting, maneuvering around a defender and finding Aquino open for the shot.
Rodrigo Noya took one back for the Tiburones Rojos with a header in the 51st minute, but Rafael Solis countered off Aquino's assist to restore Tigres' two-goal advantage in the 64th.
Morelia 3, Santos Laguna 2
Pablo Velasquez led the way with a race as Morelia outlasted Santos Laguna 3-2 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Miguel Sansores headed home the deciding goal, snapping a 2-2 deadlock in the 78th minute.
Both teams got off to quick starts. Djaniny drew first blood for the Guerreros in the second minute, set up by Bryan Rabello's breakaway down the left flank, and Velasquez netted the first of his two equalizers off Jefferson Cuero's rebound in the 12th.
Santos (3-5-8, 14 pts) led 2-1 at the intermission after Nestor Calderon converted a penalty kick in the 36th minute, after a foul on Rabello. Velasquez brought Monarcas back again in the 68th minute, leveling the score 2-2.
Morelia are a tiebreaker out of playoff position, in ninth place at 7-2-7 (23).
Toluca 2, Cruz Azul 1
Toluca (9-2-5, 29 pts) edged Cruz Azul 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Azul to take over second place on the Apertura table.
Enrique Treverio put the Diablos Rojos on the board in the 16th minute, chesting down the ball and looping a shot past 'keeper Guillermo Allison. Antonio Rios sealed the win five minutes before halftime, picking off a clearing pass and scoring from the top of the penalty area.
Jorge Benitez saved La Maquina (4-4-7 (16) from the shutout with a goal in the 88th minute.
Monterrey 2, America 1
Monterrey (6-5-5, 23 pts) rallied past Club America 2-1 Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer to hang on to playoff-eligible eighth place in the Apertura standings.
Rogelio Funes Mori started the comeback in the 49th minute, snagging the loose ball after Edwin Cardona's free kick hit the crossbar and leveling the score 1-1 after Darwin Quintero's volley put the fourth-place Aguilas (9-0-7, 27) on the board in the seventh minute. Cardona scored the game-winner in the 67th.
Pachuca 3, Leon 2
Pachuca (6-3-6, 21 pts) came up with a pair of late goals to edge Leon 3-2 Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The game started well for the Tuzos, who took a 1-0 lead on Franco Jara's fifth-minute penalty kick and Christian Martinez's foul in the box. Mauro Boselli tilted the scales Leon's way with goals in the 38th and 44th minutes. The first was off the rebound after netminder Oscar Perez could not control a shot from Carlos Pena, and the second off Boselli's chest from close range.
The fifth-place Esmeraldas (9-0-7, 27 pts) held the 2-1 lead until the 71st minute, when Aquivaldo Mosquera equalized from just off the goal line.
Cristian Penilla delivered the win with a one-timer in the 86th.
Chiapas 3, Atlas 2
Silvio Romero scored on either side of halftime to lift sixth-place Chiapas (7-5-4, 26 pts) over Atlas 3-2 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
The Zorros (5-2-8, 17) kept Jaguares on the defensive for much of the first half, starting with Aldo Leao's go-ahead goal in the 22st minute. Luis Venegas equalized for Chiapas five minutes later, but Franco Arizala, who assisted on Leao's opener, restored the Atlas advantage in the 36th minute.
Romero knotted the score 2-2 from the penalty spot in the 45th minute, and connected to win the game in the 49th.
Dorados de Sinaloa 2, Chivas 1
Segundo Castillo scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lift Dorados de Sinaloa over Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 Saturday at Estadio Banorte.
The game-winner was Castillo's second goal of the game. He also netted the 1-1 equalizer in the 79th, nine minutes after Marco Fabian gave Chivas their short-lived 1-0 lead.
Dorados are in 17th place at 3-5-7 and 14 points. Chivas are 13th on the table at 5-3-7 (18).
Pumas 2, Queretaro 1
Daniel Luduena scored in the 88th minute to give Pumas a 2-1 win over Queretaro Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario and first place in the Apertura standings with one match remaining.
UNAM (11-1-4, 34 pts) took an early lead when Luis Quintana headed home a free kick from Fidel Martinez in the 27th minute. Emanuel Villa leveled the score for the 11th-place Gallos Blancos (6-3-7, 21) off a corner kick in the 86th.
Luduena cut Queretaro's celebration short, scoring the game-winner off the restart. Martinez forced a turnover on the left side and lofted the ball to the top of the arc, where Eduardo Herrera dummied it through to Luduena.
Puebla 2, Tijuana 1
Seventh-place Puebla (8-2-6, 26 pts) ran up an early lead and held on to defeat Tijuana 2-1 Sunday at Estadio Universitario BUAP.
Christian Bermudez opened the scoring in the 14th minute, picking off an errant pass from Leiton Jimenez and putting it into the net, and Luis Rey put La Franja up 2-0 off Carlos Gutierrez's backheel in the 32nd.
Dayro Moreno took one back for cellar-dwelling Xolos (4-1-11, 13 pts) in the 71st minute, seven minutes after Puebla forward Flavio Santos was sent off and two minutes before Matias Alustiza's red card foul on Rodrigo Salinas left La Franja with nine men.