January 17, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 2 roundup
Leon 3, Veracruz 1
Leon cruised past Veracruz 3-1 Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.
Aldo Rocha put the 2-0-0 Esmeraldas on the board in the 43rd minute, slipping the first of Leon's three long-range blasts inside the lower corner of the net, and Elias Hernandez beat an offside trap to notch the game-winner six minutes later, on the other side of the intermission.
Edgar Andrade took one back for Veracruz in the 62nd, and the Tiburones Rojos nearly equalized twice, with Luis Montes hitting the post and Leobardo Lopez sending a short rebound shot soaring over the net.
Maximiliano Moralez restored Leon's two-goal advantage in the 90th.
Veracruz forward Daniel Villalva will be suspended for the team's next match after picking up a red card in the closing seconds.
Santos Laguna 1, Chiapas 0
Andres Renteria scored the only goal Santos Laguna needed to edge Jaguares 1-0 Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.
Bryan Rabello set the scoring play in motion, finding Renteria inside the penalty area. Renteria faked his way past his defender and beat netminder Oscar Jimenez one-on-one in the 60th minute.
It was the first win of the Clausura season for Santos (1-0-1, 3 pts).
Cruz Azul 1, Chivas 1
Cruz Azul and Chivas de Guadalajara traded first-half goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Estadio Azul.
Orbelin Pineda gave Chivas the early advantage, poking Isaac Brizuela's left-side cross into the net from just off the near post in the sixth minute. Jorge Benitez, who missed a sitter in the 13th minute, elided two defenders and beat netminder Cirilo Salcedo to knot the score for La Maquina with two minutes left in the half.
Maza Rodriguez had a golden chance to deliver the win to Cruz Azul in the 64th minute, but sent his open header off the left post.
Tigres 2, Morelia 0
Tigres came up with two goals in as many minutes to blow past Morelia 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.
Javier Aquino opened the scoring in the 73rd minute, and Andre-Pierre Gignac added the capper in the 75th.
The Apertura champions had several early chances to put Morelia on their heels, with Gignac hitting the post and feeding a dangerous ball in to Rafael Sobis, who sent netminder Felipe Rodriguez diving to make a save before the intermission. Rodriguez also came up big to keep things scoreless by fending off both Juninho's goal-bound free kick and Jurgen Damm's follow-up.
Pachuca 1, Queretaro 0
Rodolfo Pizarro scored seconds before halftime to give Pachuca a 1-0 win over Queretaro Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
Hirving Lozano set up the deciding play with a sharp, low cross in from the left side.
Queretaro's best chance came early, when Jamie Gomez sent goalkeeper Oscar Perez diving to keep a shot out of the lower right corner.
America 3, Atlas 0
Club America romped past Atlas 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Rapid-fire goals by Oribe Peralta (57th minute) and Rubens Sambueza (58th) were the icing on the cake after a 41st-minute own goal by defender Alvaro Gonzalez had handed the match to the Aguilas.
Sambueza was the catalyst for all three America goals. Gonzalez deflected his shot into the net before the intermission, and his pass, filtered through Dario Benedetto, set the table for Peralta.
America cruised to the win despite losing forward Michael Arroyo to a red card in the 68th minute.
Tijuana 1, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Dayro Moreno scored in the seventh minute, and undefeated Tijuana held on for a 1-0 win over Dorados de Sinaloa Saturday at Estadio Banorte.
Moreno connected off the rebound after netminder Luis Michel rejected Henry Martin's shot from the left side. Dorados responded almost immediately, with Fernando Arce sending 'keeper Federico Vilar soaring to parry the ball out for a corner kick, but had few other chances to equalize before Sunny Guadarrama sent a shot inches wide of the post in the 74th minute.
Pumas 3, Toluca 2
Ismael Sosa led the way with two goals as Pumas edged Toluca 3-2 Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Eduardo Herrera volleyed home the game-winner in the 77th minute, after Sosa scored in the 39th and 53rd. Sosa might easily have had a hat trick, but missed the mark from point-blank range in the first minute. He finally connected after beating his defender to a free kick service. Sosa's second goal came at the expense of netminder Alfredo Talavera, who misplayed the ball.
Cristian Cueva briefly tied the score for Toluca in the 51st minute, and Enrique Triverio closed out the scoring in the 83rd.
Monterrey 3, Puebla 1
Monterrey rallied to a 3-1 win over Puebla Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Carlos Sanchez fueled the comeback with two goals, the game-winner in the 70th minute and an insurance tally in the 87th.
Cristian Bermudez staked Puebla to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, after picking off a poor clearing pass by Efrain Juarez. Rogelio Funes Mori started the Rayados comeback in the closing seconds of the first half, chesting down a pass into the box and right-footing the shot inside the post. Sanchez put the game away, first beating defender Luis Robles to a corner kick, then with a shot from near the top of the penalty area.