January 10, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 1 roundup
Atlas 3, Queretaro 1
Atlas kicked off the Clausura season with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Queretaro Friday at Estadio La Corregidora.
Gonzalo Bergassio delivered the win with two goals, notching the game-winner off Juan Carlos Medina's rebound in the 40th minute and beating goalkeeper Tiago Volpi one-on-one for an insurance strike in the 78th.
Emanuel Villa gave Queretaro a short-lived 1-0 lead with a spectacular header in the 21st minute. Arturo Gonzalez equalized for the Zorros with a stylish left-footer just five minutes later.
Tijuana 1, Pachuca 1
Tijuana and Pachuca traded first half goals on their way to a season-opening 1-1 draw Friday at Estadio Caliente.
Carlos Guzman struck first for Xolos, slotting a left-footed shot into the upper right corner in the 20th minute. Franco Jara netted the equalizer for Pachuca off a corner kick in the 43rd. The Tuzos held on for the tie despite losing center back Hugo Rodriguez in the 78th minute, after he picked up his second yellow card in an 11-minute span.
America 0, Puebla 0
Club America and Puebla opened their Clausura campaigns with a scoreless draw Saturday at Estadio Azteca.
Puebla seized the early momentum, with Robert Herrera challenging Aguilas 'keeper Moises Munoz with a header in the second minute and Matias Alustiza forcing Munoz into another athletic save in the 17th.
America's best chances did not come until after the intermission, starting with Oribe Oeralta's one-on-one showdown with netminder Cristian Campestrini in the 48th minute. Dario Benedetto launched a potentially game-tying volley from the top of the penalty area in the closing seconds, but just missed the mark.
Monterrey 1, Pumas 0
Monterrey edged Pumas 1-0 Saturday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Rogelio Funes Mori scored the deciding goal from close range in the 63rd minute.
Neither team managed much in the way of offense before the intermission. Funes Mori broke the ice after UNAM netminder Alejandro Palacios blocked a shot by Edwin Cardona back into play.
Leon 2, Santos Laguna 0
German Cano scored two goals in as many minutes to give Leon a 2-0 opening day win over Santos Laguna Saturday at Estadio Nou Camp.
Cano's first goal, in the 60th minute, came four minutes after Elias Hernandez failed to convert a penalty kick for the Esmeraldas. Goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin, who saved the Hernandez attempt, was caught off guard by Cano's quick game-winning shot. Cano put things away with a blast from the heart of the penalty area.
Santos finished the match shorthanded after defender Jose Javier Abella picked up his second yellow card and was sent off in the 65th minute.
Morelia 2, Cruz Azul 2
Luis Gabriel Rey scored in the 76th minute to lift Morelia into a season-opening 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul Saturday at Estadio Morelos.
Monarcas took a 1-0 lead when Rodrigo Millar, who had sent a header off the post in the 15th minute, connected off another attempt in the 24th. La Maquina drew level two minutes later on a goal by Jorge Benitez. Christian Gimenez gave Cruz Azul their only lead of the match from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, after a foul on forward Joao Rojas.
Rey saved the day for Monarcas by chesting down a cross from Jefferson Cuero and sending a shot into the upper right corner.
Jaguares 1, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Silvio Romero scored in the 87th minute as Chiapas slipped past Dorados de Sinaloa 1-0 Saturday at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna.
Romero's goal provided an exciting conclusion to an otherwise lackluster match that saw only one attacking chance in the first half -- a blast over the bar by Dorados' Wilson Morelo in the 40th minute.
The game-winner came off the second of two rapid-fire chances for Romero, who had just cracked a shot off the post.
Toluca 1, Tigres 0
Toluca opened their Clausura season with a dramatic 1-0 win over Tigres Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Ferando Uribe snapped the scoreless tie in the 90th minute.
Both teams had solid early chances. Uribe forced a turnover inside the penalty area and forced netminder Nahuel Guzman to slap the ball away minutes into the match, and Juninho challenged Diablos 'keeper Alfredo Talavera with a free kick to the lower left corner in the 28th.
Uribe finally found the back of the net off a rebound.
Chivas 2, Veracruz 2
Chivas de Guadalajara and shorthanded Veracruz traded goals on their way to a 2-2 season-opening draw Sunday at Estadio Omnilife.
Carlos Pena put the Herd on the board in the 15th minute, picking off a ball that deflected off defender Carlos Calvo. The teams entered the intermission tied 1-1 after Leobardo Lopez scored off the rebound of a Veracruz free kick in the 37th, 13 minutes after midfielder Gabriel Penalba collected his second yellow card of the match to leave the Tiburones Rojos with ten men for the rest of the match.
Tiburones defender Alan Zamora gifted Chivas with an own goal in the 59th minute, but Julio Furch salvaged a point for the visitors with an 83rd-minute score. Zamora set the equalizing play in motion, stealing the ball from Omar Bravo at midfield and sending it forward to Daniel Villalva, who in turn fed Furch.