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LIGA MX

January 31, 2016
LIGA MX CLAUSURA
Match Day 4 roundup


Santos Laguna 2, Queretaro 0
Bryan Rabello scored two goals in two minutes to give Santos Laguna a 2-0 win over Queretaro Friday at Estadio TSM Corona.

Rabello netted the game-winner in the 23rd minute, snagging the rebound after goalkeeper Tiago Volpe tipped Djaniny's cross back into play, and added an insurance tally from outside the penalty area in the 25th.

La Maquina are in seventh place at 1-2-1 and five points. Queretaro languish in 17th with three points from four games (1-0-3).

Veracruz 2,Tijuana 2
Despite playing a man down for 84 minutes, Tijuana rallied to a 2-2 tie with Veracruz Friday at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.

Former LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho started the comeback in the 33rd minute, after Xolos staked the Tiburones Rojos to a pair of early goals. Henry Martin netted the 2-2 equalizer off a free kick by Javier Gandolfi five minutes later.

Gabriel Penalba put Veracruz on the board from the penalty spot in the ninth minute, after a red-card foul by Tijuana defender Leiton Jimenez. Juan Albin made the score 2-0 from the top of the arc in the 28th, after a Xolos turnover near midfield.

The draw was the third of the season for 15th-place Veracruz (0-3-1, 3 pts). Tijuana are tenth on the table at 1-2-1 (5).

Cruz Azul 2, Chiapas 1
Shorthanded Cruz Azul rallied to their first win of the season, 2-1 over Jaguares Saturday at Estadio Azul.

Silvio Romero's 42nd-minute penalty kick sent Chiapas (1-1-2, 4 pts) into halftime with a 1-0 lead. Jorge Benitez ran onto a pass from Aldo Leao and equalized for La Maquina in the 52nd minute, and Leao netted the game-winner in the 78th.

Cruz Azul (1-2-1, 5) played with ten men for 70 minutes after defender Francisco Rodriguez drew a straight red card in the 20th.

Morelia 2, Chivas 0
Morelia (1-2-1, 5 pts) shut out Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 Saturday at Estadio Morelos.

Pablo Velasquez opened the scoring in the 38th minute, on a play that started well upfield with a through ball from Ignacio Gonzalez. Luis Gabriel Rey corralled the service and dished off to Velasquez for the finish. Juan Pablo Rodriguez added an insurance tally with a spectacular long-distance chip in the 50th.

Winless Chivas (0-3-1, 3 pts) finished without defender Carlos Salcedo, who picked up his second yellow card and was sent off with two minutes left on the clock.

Tigres 3, Leon 1
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored all three goals as sixth-place Tigres (2-1-1, 7 pts) handed #2 Leon 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Universitario.

Gignac snagged a rebound and opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Diego Novaretti outleaped defenders Juninho and Jose Rivas to head home the equalizer for Leon (3-0-1, 9) eight minutes later, but the Frenchman completed his hat trick before the intermission, with goals in the 29th and 45th minutes. The game-winning header came off a corner kick; the insurance goal, also delivered with the head, was set up by Rafael Sobis.

Pachuca 3, Monterrey 1
Pachuca scored three goals in 12 minutes on their way to a 3-1 win over Monterrey Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo.
The win lifted the Tuzos (3-1-0, 10 pts) to the top of the Clausura table.

Franco Jara opened the scoring with a penalty kick to the right side of the net in the 57th minute. Ruben Botta delivered the game-winner off Hirving Lozano's left-side cross in the 67th minute, and Rodolfo Pizarro made the score 3-0 two minutes later.

Rogelio Funes Mori saved the fourth-place Rayados (3-0-1, 9) from the shutout with a goal in the 86th minute.

The match finished ten-on-ten. Monterrey defender Miguel Herrera received two yellow cards in seven minutes and was sent off in the 59th. The Tuzos lost Lozano to a straight red card in the 72nd.

Atlas 1, Pumas 1
Fidel Martinez scored in the 90th minute to lift Pumas into a 1-1 tie with Atlas Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.

Martinez's goal countered a 13th-minute strike from the edge of the penalty area by the Zorros' Rodrigo Salinas, and came three minutes after Atlas netminder Oscar Ustari turned away a penalty kick by Pumas' Luis Quinones.

The result leaves both teams at 1-1-2 and four points.

America 3, Dorados de Sinaloa 0
Club America romped past Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0 Saturday at Estadio Banorte.

Pablo Aguilar broke the ice for the Aguilas in the 26th minute, with a header from just off the post. Osvaldo Martinez doubled America's lead with his right foot in the 40th minute, and Oribe Peralta completed the rout in the 87th, settling a pass from Andres Andrade with his right foot and shooting with his left.

America are fifth on the table with seven points (2-1-1). Dorados continue to trail the pack at 0-0-4 (0).

Toluca 1, Puebla 1
Alberto Acosta's last-second goal lifted Puebla into a 1-1 tie with Toluca Sunday at Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Enrique Triverio put Toluca on the board in the 33rd minute, and goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera turned in a dazzling performance to keep La Franja off the board until deep into stoppage time. Before Triverio's goal, he smothered the rebound of Christian Bermudez's dangerous free kick off the bar.

The Diablos 'keeper picked off two more shots on goal before the intermission, and dove to deflect a second-half free kick by Francisco Torres off the post before finally being beaten to the near post by Acosta.

Both teams finish Week 4 with five points and 1-2-1 records.


   
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